RICHMOND WAITS FOR NEW COUNCILLOR TO BE ANNOUNCED
The Richmond Shire Council held a by-election on Saturday 30 October by full postal ballot.  Richmond will now have to wait ten days to see who will be their new councillor.  Michelle Clarke, Returning Officer said, the result is too close to call as three candidates, out of the six, jockey for the position. The three candidates are David Carter, Peter Ievers and Doug Rhodes who will have to wait ten days for the result to be declared as required by the Local Government Act 2009.
A total of 444 ballots were counted after 6pm on Saturday.  The results are as follows:

POWER Garth
75
LAWSON Joe
68
RHODES Doug
88
STAINKEY Cheryle
26
IEVERS Peter
91
CARTER David
96
Total of Votes counted
444

The table below shows a breakdown of ballots issued and counted.

No. of ballots issued
576
No. of ballots counted
444
No. of declarations rejected
7
No. of voters not enrolled
1
No. returned to sender
37
No. notified ballot would not be returned
2
No. of voter that failed to return
76
No. of votes kept for 10th day of count
10
Total ballots accounted for
576

 
The position of Councillor became vacant when Stephen Single resigned on 8 September 2010 as he was moving out of the Shire.
Michelle Clarke, Returning Officer said, it was disappointing that 76 voters did not return their ballot papers and  Council would decide on 16 November whether a fine should be imposed, as voting is compulsory, the same as a State or Federal election.  Those who have not updated the electoral roll should consider doing so well before the March 2012 local government elections.  Some people think they are correctly enrolled because they can vote in the Kennedy electorate however, if you move in or out of Richmond you must be a registered voter in the Shire that you live in.
Michelle went on to say, I do not expect many of the 76 outstanding ballots to be returned as we worked with the Post master at the Richmond Post Office and cleared all mail at 6pm on Saturday, therefore any ballots posted after that time are deemed informal.
Michelle said that counting would resume on the 9th November at 5pm and the result announced.  Candidates or their Scrutineers may be present for the final count.
The new Councillor will take their oath of office at the Richmond Shire Council meeting on 16 November 2010.