Local government elections postponed
Voters across Queanbeyan-Palerang and Snowy Monaro Local Government areas will now head to the polls on Saturday December 4, 2021 in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in NSW.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the decision to postpone the Local Government elections was necessary and followed extensive consultation with NSW Health and the NSW Electoral Commission.
“The health and safety of our communities is paramount and with the evolving situation in Greater Sydney and across NSW, the NSW Government has made the decision to postpone the Local Government elections to later this year,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This is the right decision for our community, and voters will still have the opportunity to have their say when it is safe to do so.”
The NSW Government has also been working with the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health to implement a number of measures that will allow voters to cast their ballot safely in person, by post or online.
iVote (electronic voting) will be available for the first time in the local council elections and the NSW Government has implemented changes to pre-poll to ensure that voters have 13 days to cast their ballot, reducing congestion on polling day.
The NSW Government has made available a total of $57 million for the elections in 2021, including $37 million to deliver them in a COVID safe way.
In this election, 5.2 million voters will cast their ballots as around 5,000 candidates vie for 1,200 councillor positions across 125 local councils.
Nominations will open on Monday 25 October 2021 and close on Wednesday 3 November 2021.
To find out more information visit: www.olg.nsw.gov.au.
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