Shire of West Arthur

Council Elections

2017 Council Elections

Local government ordinary elections are held on the third Saturday in October every two years.

The next local government ordinary election will be held on 21 October 2017. Nominations for council close on 14 September 2017.

This year there will be four vacancies for a term of four years and once vacancy for a term of two years.

The Electoral Commissioner be responsible for conducting the 2017 ordinary election via way of postal vote.

Electoral rolls will close at 5.00pm on 1 September 2017. All electors should check their enrolment details are up to date before rolls close via the Western Australian Electoral Commissions web site https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/.

If the number of candidates is equal to the number of vacancies, the candidate is elected unopposed. If there are more candidates than vacancies, the election will proceed.

All eligible electors will receive a postal voting package around three weeks prior to polling day. The package will include a list of candidates, ballot papers, instructions on how to vote and a declaration. To vote, follow the instructions included in the package.

The Returning Officer must receive your postal voting package before 6.00pm on polling day. If you do not think that your postal voting package can be returned by post in time, you can deliver it by hand to a polling official.

While voting in a local government election is not compulsory in Western Australia, all electors are strongly encouraged to vote. If being a Shire councillor is something that interests you, it is time to start giving it a thought.

Councillors represent the interests of the ratepayers and residents of the district and provide leadership and guidance to the community. They facilitate communication between the community and Shire, and participate in the Shire’s decision making process.

Electors who wish to nominate as a candidate in the election must complete a valid nomination application and present it to the Returning Officer before nominations close.

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