Eight candidates line up to be mayor of Lismore
NOMINATIONS for candidates wanting to run in the upcoming Local Government elections close today. The Returning Officer for the Lismore Local Government Area, John Arthur, is expecting a few last-minute applications.
“There probably will be a last minute rush, there usually is. As long as they are in by noon,” he said.
As of 3.30pm on Tuesday there were eight candidates for mayor in Lismore.
There were also seven groups registered, each with five to eight candidates, making a total of 46 people vying for 10 positions. However, Mr Arthur said he was still processing applications, and that number was likely to rise.
In Lismore, the ballot for mayor is run separately to the other council positions and the winner is the first candidate to reach 50 per cent plus one vote as preferences are distributed.
Once the mayor has been determined, if that person is also running for a council position (as they usually do), their nomination is withdrawn and preferences distributed.
In order to decide who gets a seat on their local council, the NSW Electoral Commission determines a quota by dividing the number of formal votes cast by the number of positions available. Once a candidate reaches the quota, their preferences are distributed until all 10 quotas are reached.
A website with all candidates' information is available at www.elections.nsw.gov.au.
To see your local candidates, click on 'view proposed candidates' and selected your council area.