The NSW Electoral commission has announced a new date for Tweed Shire Council elections, after the previous election, set for 10 September, failed following the death of candidate Ken ‘Stents’ Nicholson last Friday.
The elections, together with a planned Constitutional Referendum on councillor numbers in the Tweed, will now both be held on October 29.
The new election is a requirement of the Local Government Act (Section 309), which stipulates that if a candidate dies between noon on nomination day and 6pm on election day, the election fails and a new election in that council area or ward will be held at a later date.
As a result of the announcement, candidates will need to nominate all again and there will be a new ballot draw.
At least one group of candidates will welcome the news.
Pryce Allsop and other business identities on a so-called ‘independent’ ticket had already started campaigning when it was revealed the group’s nomination form for the poll had not been lodged.
Two mayors in two months
Another outcome of the postponed poll is that there will be a mayoral election on 15 September 2016 and again at the first meeting of the new council in early November.
The NSW Electoral Commission, which is conducting the election on behalf of Council, is waiting on formal advice from the Crown Solicitor’s Office in relation to the mechanics of the election, including candidate renomination and ballot draw.
Tweed Council says it is awaiting advice from the Office of Local Government in relation to the caretaker period that precedes the election.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest for community members who would like to serve on a number of Council committees for the next four years has been extended to Friday, 11 November. For more information, seewww.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Committees
For more information on local government elections, visit www.votensw.info