Program aims for 'free and fair' elections

THE Australian Electoral Commission has launched a program to help schools around the country conduct "free and fair" elections.

Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn this week launched the Get Voting program at Garran Public School in Canberra.

The program outlines five steps for running an election, covering a two-four week period.

Mr Killesteyn said Get Voting was a practical program which provided online information and tools for schools to conduct elections for their student representative bodies.

"School elections are many young Australians' first experience of voting, and by working with schools through Get Voting we should help develop good voting habits in our future electors," he said.

"By participating in well-managed school elections, students will also develop skills and confidence for participating in the electoral process as adults."

The Get Voting website provides teachers with information, templates and tools for conducting successful school elections in primary and secondary schools.

Mr Killesteyn said schools could also request a Get Voting election equipment pack, which would help to transform classrooms or school halls into polling places.

"Get Voting can also link schools with their local AEC office as AEC officers are also available to provide advice or hands-on assistance to teachers," he said.

Visit the website at http://education.aec.gov.au/getvoting/



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