The VEC confirmed last Friday the Victorian local government elections will proceed as planned in October this year.
The Minister for Local Government announced all local government elections in 2020 will be conducted by post.
Electoral Commissioner, Warwick Gately AM acknowledged the announcement.
“The upcoming local government elections in Victoria will support continuity of democratic representation for Victorian communities,” Mr Gately said.
“The VEC will continue to monitor and implement advice issued by the Chief Health Officer of Victoria to ensure the elections are conducted with minimal risk to the health and safety of Victorians.”
Ballot packs will be mailed to voters and will include voting instructions, candidate information, a ballot paper, and a reply-paid envelope. Postal voting is completely secret. “We will continue to liaise with Australia Post, given their critical role in the elections”.
Voters must confirm they are enrolled on either the state electoral roll or their council roll before 4pm on Friday, August 28, 2020.
Federation Council residents will have to wait another 12 months with the NSW Minister for Local Government announcing a 12 months’ postponement of elections until September 2021, as advised in last week’s edition of the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
At yesterday’s monthly meeting of Federation Council, council’s General Manager Adrian Butler told councillors: “A likely for the 2021 elections has been flagged as 11 September.”