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Wangaratta Council Elections 2008

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Last Friday, The Wangaratta Chronicle flagged the unofficial start of the Council Election campaign with an article titled Don Joyce: I’m out of council.

At the same time it flagged that current mayor, Roberto Paino, along with the longest continuous serving councillor Rozi Parisotto, the only rural based councillor Neville Wright and the newest councillor, Ron Webb, will all be putting their hand up again.

Cr Tanya Tatulaschwili and Bernard Young are also still undecided about seeking a further term.

Throughout the campaign, this Blog will try to provide information on all of the candidates and what they stand for.  To begin, the following basic information has been taken from the RCoW Website and provides an outline of the process.

Elections

Wangaratta Rural City is an unsubdivided municipality. Voting is by proportional representation. Along with all other Victorian councils, it will next hold council elections on the last Saturday in November 2008. The next Electoral Representation Review for Wangaratta Rural City will be prior to the November 2012 elections. Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission for more elections details.

The Wangaratta Rural City Council will hold its general election on 29 November 2008.

Nominations close at 4:00 pm on 28 October 2008

Voting closes at 6:00 pm on Friday 28 November 2008

Councillors will be elected for a four year term.

A Community and Candidate Information Session will be held as follows:
Wednesday 24 September 2008
Commencing at 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Wangaratta Government Centre, corner Ovens and Ford Streets, Wangaratta

Council has appointed the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) to conduct the election. You can visit their website www.vec.vic.gov.au for further information. This website will be updated regularly as the elections near.

The peak body for local government, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has launched a campaign for people considering standing for Council at general elections around Victoria. The objective of the campaign is to motivate people to seek more information about standing for council. Central to the campaign is a dedicated website where prospective candidates can access a wide range of information.

Visit their website www.standforcouncil.com.au for further information.

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) is undertaking candidate information workshops throughout Victoria. The ALGWA also provides Mentor Networking which may be of assistance to potential candidates.

Visit their website www.algwa.com.au for further information.


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Written by Greg Naylor

2 September 2008 at 12:00 am

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  1. As I understand it Greg, the CEO can appoint his own local electoral officers provided they are authorised by the VEC. That’s what Sharp did when he was at Alpine anyway. If I were a candidate in Wang I’d engage about a dozen scrutineers to watch the counting like hawks … if you get my drift.

    raydixon

    2 September 2008 at 10:37 am

  2. Thanks for that information Ray, I will find out (and publish?) who they might be.

    Greg Naylor

    2 September 2008 at 3:54 pm

  3. Just check that no one in control of the count has any connection whatsoever to the council or the CEO – like even on a council committee. Then check who is doing the actual counting, ie those punching it in to the computer. I wish I had.

    raydixon

    2 September 2008 at 6:06 pm

  4. As I understand it there is no requirement that the election be conducted by the VEC. Some of the private polling companies can be less than impartial.

    Andrew Landeryou (Labor right hack) used to be behind one that ran a contraversial election at Melbourne Uni, more recently a prominent member of the Greens owned the polling company that won the contract to conduct that institution’s election. In the irony of ironies, that latter fact came to light because of Andrew Landeryou’s blog…

    Kieran

    2 September 2008 at 8:38 pm

  5. The 2008 Wangaratta elections have been contracted to the VEC.

    Since amalgamation, there have been no real political or ‘ticket’ type manipulations of the council. Having said that, there has been a disproportional number of councillors being put forward, and elected, from the Appin Park Rotary Club with all, but one, mayors coming from that source.

    The exception was Irene Grant who, prior to being elected to council, was a reporter with Wangaratta Chronicle which is often regarded as a tool of the council.

    In my opinion, another influence in council comes from a group I loosely term ‘The Boys Club’ of Wangaratta. These are prominent businessmen and educationalists making up many of the local institutions such as Wangaratta Unlimited.

    It will be an interesting challenge to act as ‘watchdog’ to try and identify any such manipulaions of the process.

    Greg Naylor

    2 September 2008 at 10:19 pm

  6. The VEC won the contract to conduct the council elections because they were the ONLY tenderer. If you check the Local Govt Act though you’ll see that the conduct of the election and appointment of authorised local electoral officers falls to the CEO.

    I can only reiterate to you that if I were a candidate in Wang I would want to be sure that those actually receiving the ballots and managing the count are 100% impartial and have no connection to the council whatsoever. I’m speaking from first-hand experience of some pretty puzzling & questionable outcomes.

    raydixon

    2 September 2008 at 11:08 pm

  7. Update 1
    I have been advised that all unsuccessful candidates in the 2005 RCoW elections have been canvassed and NONE are intending to stand at this election. The nine unsuccessful candidates were:
    DUNSTAN, Geoff – CHUCK, Rob – MARONEY, David John (Snr) – RYAN, Norm – KLEMM, Keiran – GRAHAM, Jill – CHAMBERS, Kerrin D. – EAMES, Barry – NEARY, James H

    Greg Naylor

    11 September 2008 at 11:26 pm


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