Nominations open soon for Victorian local council elections
August 31, 2019
Nominations to stand as a candidate in the 2020 local council elections open on Thursday 17 September.
Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately has issued a reminder to those considering standing: ‘Nominations must be lodged with the Election Manager during the short nomination period, so prospective candidates should act quickly to make sure they are prepared.
‘The eligibility requirements for candidates have recently changed. Prospective candidates should confirm their eligibility and complete the online mandatory local government candidate training before lodging their nomination. This includes candidates who are currently or have previously been a councillor.’
Prospective candidates must make an appointment during business hours with the Election Manager to lodge their nomination form and pay their $250 nomination fee by 12 noon Tuesday 22 September.
Election offices will be open for nominations during business hours from Thursday 17 September until 12 noon Tuesday 22 September.
To prepare, prospective candidates can
• watch the candidate information session online from Thursday 3 September at vec.vic.gov.au
• attend a state-wide interactive candidate seminar –held online at vec.vic.gov.au as follows:
o 7pm Wednesday 9 September
o 1pm Sunday 13 September
o 5pm Tuesday 15 September
Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to watch the online information session at vec.vic.gov.au.
Further information on nominating as a candidate is available at vec.vic.gov.au.
Further information on enrolment is available by calling 1300 805 478 or at vec.vic.gov.au, where voters can also sign up to the free VoterAlert service to receive important election reminders by SMS and email.