Nominations are open next week for council

NOMINATIONS for eligible candidates considering standing in the Wellington Shire Council election will open next Thursday, September 20.

Anyone interested in representing their community on their local council is encouraged to stand as a candidate.

Two locals, Steve Boyce from Sale and Carolyn Crossley from Cowwarr, have already publicly announced their intention to stand.

Acting electoral commissioner Liz Williams said prospective candidates should act quickly to ensure they didn’t miss out on lodging their nominations.

They must lodge a correctly completed nomination form and a $250 fee with the returning officer for Wellington Shire Council by noon on Tuesday, September 25. 

Appointments are encouraged for lodgement of nomination forms with the returning officer.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the website or can be obtained by phoning returning officer Julie Duffy on 5152 5526.

To save time at the election office, candidates can pre-fill their nomination using the VEC’s online candidate helper at www.vec.vic.gov.au

 The nomination, however, cannot be finalised until the form is physically lodged with the returning officer and the fee is paid. 

The returning officer will conduct an information session for prospective candidates at the Port of Sale Civic Centre next Wednesday, September 19 from 11am.

Nomination forms will also be available at the candidate information session.

The Wellington Shire Council election will be conducted entirely by post.

Voters who will be away for the local council elections in October should act now to make alternative voting arrangements.

Ms Williams said ballot packs would be mailed to voters during the second week of October.

“Voters who will be away during this time should make alternative arrangements to ensure they get the chance to vote,” she said. 

Votes must be received by the returning officer by Friday, October 26.

If a voter will be away when ballot packs are mailed, or their address has changed since Friday, August 31, 2012, their ballot pack can be redirected by mailing a request to: Returning Officer, Wellington Shire Council election, Victorian Electoral Commission, Level 11, 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000.

Voters must include the address for redirection and sign the request. 

Alternatively, requests can be faxed to 9277 7126 or can be scanned and emailed to redirections@vec.vic.gov.au

Requests must be received by 5pm on Thursday, September 20.

Voting is compulsory for all voters of  Wellington Shire who were on the state electoral roll on Friday, August 31, 2012.

Voters who are aged 70 years or older and non-resident voters are encouraged to vote but will not be fined if they do not vote.

For more information on the election or nominate as a candidate, phone returning officer Julie Duffy on 5152 5526 or visit www.vec.vic.gov.au

Voters who will be away without a redirection address can contact the election office from Wednesday, September 19, about applying for an early postal vote.