2022 Media Statements

January

Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council by-election: candidate nominations now open

Monday 17 January 2022

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) announced a councillor by-election for the Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council is being held on Saturday 19 February 2022.

Commissioner Pat Vidgen said candidate nominations were now open for anyone interested in filling this important position, which became vacant on 10 January.

“There are about 540 enrolled voters in Napranum and a polling booth will be open for early voting from 9am to 6pm on Friday 18 February, and from 8am to 6pm on election day, Saturday 19 February,” Mr Vidgen said.

“Anyone who wants to be a candidate at this by-election must complete a candidate nomination form and lodge it with the Returning Officer or the ECQ by midday on Tuesday 25 January.

“Both the nomination forms and information about becoming a candidate are available on the ECQ website.”

Mr Vidgen said it was important not to leave nominating until the last minute as there were several steps that must be taken under the Local Government Electoral Act 2011.

“Potential candidates need to make sure they are eligible to nominate, complete free mandatory online training through the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website, pay a $250 deposit, and open a dedicated campaign bank account,” Mr Vidgen said.

“A full list of requirements can be found on the ECQ website on the Election Participants page, and I encourage anyone interested in running in this councillor by-election to check this page and nominate as soon as possible.”

Mr Vidgen said now was also a great time for Napranum residents to make sure they are correctly enrolled to vote.

“Voting is compulsory at all levels of government in Queensland and enrolling to vote or updating your enrolment is easy and can be done online in a few minutes,” Mr Vidgen said.

“Anyone who has moved recently, or has just turned 18, should make sure they’re correctly enrolled by going to aec.gov.au.

Because Napranum is an undivided council, the first-past-the-post system will be used which means voters only need to mark one box on the ballot paper.

Electors can apply for a postal vote online or send the form PDF to the ECQ. All applications must be lodged by 7pm on Monday 7 February.

Election timetable

Notice of election and opening of candidate nominations

Monday 17 January 2022

Close of electoral roll

Monday 24 January 2022

Close of nominations

Ballot paper order draw

Noon on Tuesday 25 January 2022

2:30pm on Tuesday 25 January 2022

Close of postal vote applications

7pm on Monday 7 February 2022

Early voting

9am to 6pm on Friday 18 February 2022

Election day

8am to 6pm on Saturday 19 February 2022

Deadline for the return of postal votes

Tuesday 1 March 2022

Media contact: media@ecq.qld.gov.au 0438 120 699 | General enquiries: 1300 881 665

Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council by-election: voting begins

Monday 10 January 2022

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) said voting begins this week for Kowanyama’s around 700 electors at the Kowanyama Multi-Purpose Centre from 9am to 6pm on Friday 14 January, and on election day from 8am to 6pm, Saturday 15 January 2022.

Commissioner Pat Vidgen said electors will choose one candidate from the two nominations, Leslie GILBERT and David JACK.

“The voting system for an undivided council such as Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council is first-past-the-post,” Mr Vidgen said.

“As there is only one councillor to be elected in this by-election, electors only need to number one box on their ballot paper for their vote to count.

“Election staff will be available during early voting and on election day to explain the voting system if electors have questions.”

Mr Vidgen said there are COVID-safe measures in place for electors voting in person.

“To stay COVID-safe, electors will be asked to wear a mask indoors, stay 1.5 metres apart, use hand sanitiser, and bring their own pen or pencil if they wish.

“They will also either need to check in using the Check In Qld app or ask ECQ staff for help to check in.

“Election staff will ensure voting areas are regularly cleaned and pencils sanitised.

“The ECQ has successfully and safely run 19 elections and by-elections across Queensland since the outbreak of COVID in early 2020.”

Mr Vidgen said all postal voting must be completed by 6pm on election day Saturday 15 January, with the deadline for the return of postal votes on Tuesday 25 January 2022.

“I remind electors, voting is compulsory at all levels of government in Queensland.”

The first-past-the-post voting system is detailed in Section 65 of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 for undivided council elections such as the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council.

Voting information including locations and times, is available at ecq.qld.gov.au or by calling 1300 881 665.

Election timetable

Notice of election and opening of candidate nominations

Monday 13 December 2021

Close of electoral roll

Monday 20 December 2021

Close of nominations

Ballot paper order draw

Noon on Thursday 23 December 2021

2:30pm on Thursday 23 December 2021

Close of postal vote applications

7pm on Monday 3 January 2022

Early voting

9am to 6pm on Friday 14 January 2022

Election day

8am to 6pm on Saturday 15 January 2022

Deadline for the return of postal votes

Tuesday 25 January 2022

RETURNING OFFICER

Natalie Beattie
Kowanyama Multi-Purpose Centre
Kowanyama Street
Kowanyama

Media contact: media@ecq.qld.gov.au 0438 120 699 | General enquiries: 1300 881 665

The ECQ’s media statements are at ecq.qld.gov.au/media