While the NSW Electoral Commission have rejected Tom Barnett’s nomination for Byron Shire Mayor in the upcoming Council elections, he has vowed to fight on, saying he intends to sue the NSW Electoral Commission, the NSW Electoral Commissioner and the individual who initially confirmed his nomination.
He told The Echo, ‘I will give the damages I’m awarded back to the community’.
An email on October 29 confirmed that his nomination for mayor had been accepted, yet it was later rejected, which prompted a complaint around due process.
A ‘paperwork glitch in his application’ is what was described as the cause for the rejection.
Mr Barnett said his campaign slogan, ‘Sack The Status Quo’ took on a ‘whole new meaning’. and the EC decision to reject his nomination ‘is based on [their] incompetence’.
‘Their appeals process is a farce’, he added.
Tom says he is planning to run for the September 2024 local government elections.