The upcoming October local government elections, which will see the return of democratically elected councillors to the Central Goldfields Shire, will go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek announced on Monday that council elections will go ahead on Saturday, October 24, 2020 via mail, marking the first time postal voting has been used across all Victorian councils and follows advice from the Chief Health Officer.
The October elections will see the return of democratically elected councillors to the shire after they were dismissed by the State Government in August 2017, which resulted in three government appointed administrators taking over the role.
According to the Andrews Government, to ensure the election is safe, and in an acknowledgement of physical distancing requirements, longer candidate statements will be allowed in the Victorian Electoral Commission Voter Information packs and guidance will be available on suitable and safe campaigning methods.
Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) electoral commissioner, Warwick Gately AM said the upcoming local government elections will support the “continuity of democratic representation for Victorian communities”.
“The VEC will continue to monitor and implement advice issued by the Chief Health Officer of Victoria to ensure the elections are conducted with minimal risk to the health and safety of Victorians,” he said.
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