NSW local government elections almost triple in cost

The cost of holding council elections for more than five million voters in NSW in December has ballooned to $146 million, a near three-fold increase on the last polls during the controversial local body amalgamations.

The bill has been blamed largely on the COVID-19 pandemic, which has twice forced the postponement of polls this year and last.

The NSW Electoral Commission’s latest estimate includes a $29 million cost from postponing the poll by three months to December 4, and $37 million for measures to reduce COVID-19 risks.

For the full story by Matt O’Sullivan of The Sydney Morning Herald go here; https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/cost-of-nsw-s-long-delayed-council-elections-balloons-to-146m-20210921-p58tf8.html

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