Local, Politics

Motion before Council to find cost effective way for bi-election for 9th Councillor

A motion to obtain a report on how to most cost effectively run a bi-election is in front of the Coffs Harbour City Council (CHCC) this Thursday 28 May.

Councillor Keith Rhoades has given notice of his intention to move the following:

“That Council research and investigate ALL options to conduct a By-Election to fill the vacancy on Coffs Harbour City Council.  ALL options such as in person, electronically, postal or by any means acceptable to the electoral laws and rules within NSW.  This report to be presented Back to Council as a matter of urgency.  Should the NSW Electoral Commission not be in a position to conduct an election there are other organisations that provide these services such as The Australian Electoral Company.”
Ct Keith Rhoades

Rationale:

“A good and strong cross section of ratepayers within our community have expressed their disappointment that the elections set down for later this year have been put back 12 months until September 2021. By that time this means Coffs Harbour City Council has been one Councillor short for nearly 4 years. Our community have expressed that this is not acceptable. Councillors have an opportunity to rectify this situation by supporting this Motion.”

CHCC Staff Comment:

A report can be provided following receipt of statutory advice from both the Office of Local Government and New South Wales Electoral Commission.

See; https://infocouncil.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/Open/2020/05/CO_20200528_AGN_2217_AT_WEB.htm

One Comment

  1. Given that our council is in tatters, a by-election seems to be the second-best option, the best option being a full election on the original prescribed date. Can anyone suggest reasons why a full election could not be held using the same mechanism as a by-election, if a viable method can be found?

    I’m assuming that Keith Rhoades has investigated some possibilities.

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