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No change – RCoW gets new councillors

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Results below are only provisional results as posted by the Victorian Electoral Commission

    ELECTIONS 2008

    ELECTIONS 2008

  1. Successful: McINERNEY, Lisa (1st successful)
  2. Successful: PAINO, Roberto (2nd successful)
  3. Successful: PARISOTTO, Rozi (3rd successful)
  4. Successful: O’NEILL, Lauren (4th successful)
  5. Successful: GRIFFITHS, Anthony David (5th successful)
  6. Successful: WEBB, Ronald William (6th successful)
  7. Successful: McPHIE, Doug (7th successful)

Enrolment: 20979 … Formal Votes: 16409
Informal Votes: 652 (3.82% of the total votes)
Voter Turnout: 17061 (81.32% of the total enrolment) … Quota: 2052

Greg’s Comment:

As we welcome new councillors Lisa McInerney, Lauren O’Neill, Anthony Griffiths and Doug McPhie, we find that Roberto Paino, Rosi Parisotto and Ronald Webb are the only incumbents to retain their seats.

With the outgoing councillors, Don Joyce (retired) and Tanya Tatulaschwili (retired), Neville Wright (defeated) and Bernard Young (defeated), one might expect a new outlook for the Rural City of Wangaratta – bit will anything change?

At first glance it is a win for the girls with three women sitting on council for the first time.  It is also a win for the younger generation with four councillors under 50 (I would guess!).

But, when it comes to politics, it was also a win for the ticket approach to voting which Rosi Parisotto promoted whilst Roberto Paino denied it’s existence.

The rural platform only got two candidates up (Rosi Parisotto and Lauren O’Neill) whilst the non-existent City-centric group prevailed with Roberto Paino, Lisa McInerney, Ronald Webb, Doug McPhie and Anthony Griffiths had a clear majority.  A quick look at the preferences of these five will certainly identify a ticket.

Now for the mayoralship.  It would appear to be a two way contest between Rosi Parisotto and Roberto Paino.  I cannot find the reference at this time but I am sure that Roberto Paino has expressed the desire to be the longest serving mayor of the municipality.

With Cr Paino being a member of the Appin Park Rotory club and Lisa McInerney being endorsed by them, it is looking increasingly difficult for Rozi Parisotto, the longest continuous serving councillor with an outstanding achievement record, to get the numbers for the job.

With Lisa McInerney getting the highest ever first preference votes in the history of the RCoW, don’t be surprised if she wins the position of mayor.

To me, it appears that Doug Sharp, the CEO, will see little difference in the way these councillors will continue to rubber stamp the recommendations of his bureaucracy.

A successful outcome … Statis Quo maintained.   Let’s wait and see.

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Written by Greg Naylor

1 December 2008 at 12:58 am

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  1. Apparently the Alpine ballot papers were opened on Saturday at the Wangaratta council offices, then stored overnight in ‘sealed boxes’ … at the Wang office. Some candidates are not very happy about that!

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    1 December 2008 at 11:41 pm

  2. The Chronicle reported that they did the same with the RCoW ballot papers.
    In state and federal elections, scrutineers must be there for the breaking of the seals to ensure there can be no accusations of mismanagement of the ballot papers.

    Such activities should be challenged and explanations demanded. It is rather ironic that we have much tighter security on the Brownlow Medal votes than we have on our basic democratic systems.

    A few ‘letters to the editor’ of our local newspapers would not go astray here.

    Greg Naylor

    3 December 2008 at 12:17 am

  3. I’m told the boxes were cardboard and the ‘seals’ more like plastic ties.

    Ray Dixon (Bright)

    3 December 2008 at 12:36 pm

  4. You’ll find that is the standard at State and Federal elections too Ray, the seals are all serialised and recorded by the returning officer. I agree with Greg though, scrutineers are supposed to be present for the breaking of the seals, however I have seen that practice ignored by booth officers and complaints about it go unheeded.

    Personally I think that we see very little to be concerned about with regards to elections in Australia, with the high level of disengagement, donkey and informal ballots, being more of a worry than fraud.

    Dave from Albury

    3 December 2008 at 1:09 pm


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