A countback to fill councillor vacancy next month

A COUNTBACK procedure will be held to fill a councillor vacancy in Wellington Shire Council’s Northern Ward, following the recent death of Malcolm Hole.

The countback will take place on Wednesday, May 12, at 10.30am.

The vacancy will be filled by a countback of all formal votes from the 2020 council election, instead of voters voting in a by-election.

Votes will be redistributed to candidates who were unsuccessful at that general election, and who remain eligible to participate in the countback, to fill the extraordinary vacancy.

Only two candidates from last year’s election were unsuccessful in the Northern Ward – Carmel Ripper and Christos Iliopoulos.

Election manager Charmaine Morel said the countback would be based on the proportional representation method of counting.

“The candidate who achieves the quota will be elected,” she said.

“If no participating candidate achieves the quota, the candidate with the highest number of countback votes will be elected.”

The countback will be held online via Cisco Webex. A link will be made available on the VEC website from 9.30am on May 12, on the Northern Ward countback page.