Following the tragic passing of Councillor Fred Borg, a local government by-election will be held in the area of the City of Campbelltown on Saturday, 18 March 2017 to elect one councillor.
The by-election will be conducted by the New South Wales Electoral Commission (NSWEC).
The NSWEC have launched a dedicated website for the by-election, which is the primary source of information for candidates. The website will be updated progressively with key information about the by-election.
Voting is compulsory for all electors in the City of Campbelltown. The penalty for not voting is $55.
All electors enrolled on the Commonwealth/State electoral roll as at 6pm Monday 6 February 2017 residing in the area of the City of Campbelltown will be included on the roll for the by-election.
To check your enrolment details or to obtain a residential enrolment form visit www.elections.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 135 736.
Enrolment forms are also available from any Australia Post office. Enrolment forms must be received by 6pm Monday, 6 February 2017.
Voting in Local Government elections is compulsory for all electors Included on the residential roll.
Information: www.elections.nsw.gov au or call 1300 135 736.
If you are an owner, rate-paying lessee or occupier of rateable land which is not your primary residence, you or a nominee may be entitled to be enrolled on the roll of non-residential owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees for this by-election.
Eligibility criteria and claim forms
Non-residential Roll Individual Application - City of Campbelltown(213KB, PDF)
Non-residential Roll Nominee Application - City of Campbelltown(212KB, PDF)
The claim must be completed and lodged with the General Manager of Campbelltown City Council by 6pm Monday, 6 February 2017.
If a claim for non-residential enrolment was made for a previous election and you wish to claim enrolment for this election, you must re-apply.
Voting will take place on Saturday 18 March 2017 between the hours of 8am and 6pm. There is no absent voting at local government elections.
Pre-poll and postal voting
If you are unable to make it to a Polling Place on election day, you may be eligible to cast an early vote using postal or pre-poll options. Please refer to the NSW Electoral Commission website for more information.
Nominate as a candidate
If you intend to nominate as a candidate, it is important that you understand your obligations and responsibilities under law. Check the website www.elections.nsw.gov.au for further details.
How to nominate
To nominate for councillor, you must lodge a nomination form and $125 nomination deposit by 12 noon Wednesday, 15 February 2017 with the Returning Officer.
Candidate Information sheets: Every candidate is required to lodge the candidate information sheet which is included in the nomination form.
Where to get a nomination form
Nomination forms and other important nomination and electoral information are available from the Returning Officer, the NSW Electoral Commission website: www.elections.nsw.gov.au, or phone: 1300 088 942.
Where and when to nominate
Your nomination form and deposit must be lodged at the Returning Officer’s office, Campbelltown Civic Centre, 91 Queen Street, Campbelltown, from Monday, 6 February 2017 to 12 noon Wednesday, 15 February 2017.
Candidate information seminar
A candidate information seminar will be held at Campbelltown Civic Centre, 91 Queen Street, Campbelltown from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday, 8 February 2017.
As a candidate you will have legal obligations and responsibilities. The seminar will cover:
- the election timetable, candidate nominations, election advertising and how-to-vote material, voting and formality, vote counting, scrutineering; and
- registration, appointment of official agents, campaign accounts, political donations, campaign expenditure and disclosure obligations.
You also need to be registered as a candidate
If you intend to contest the by-election as a candidate, you must register with the NSW Electoral Commission and appoint an official agent before accepting political donations or incurring campaign expenditure. Registration and Appointment of Official Agent forms are available on the NSW Electoral Commission website www.elections.nsw.gov.au
Registering for the election is a separate process to being nominated as a candidate for the election. To be nominated for the election, and have your name included on the ballot paper, you must also complete and submit a nomination form.
The last date for registration is 15 February 2017.
If you registered as a candidate for a previous election, you must reapply to be registered for the by-election.
Information: www.elections.nsw.gov.au or 1300 088 942
For enquiries in languages other than English call our interpreting service on 13 14 50
For hearing and speech impaired enquiries, call us via the National Relay Service on 13 36 77
A call centre has been established specifically for candidates who have questions in relation to their candidature or the election process.
The call centre operates each week day from 9:00am to 5:00pm and during the weekend of the election. The candidate call centre number is 1300 088 942.
Enquiries from members of the public concerning enrolment, voting options, location of polling places etc should be directed to the NSWEC on 1300 135 736 or www.votensw.info.