Local Government elections will be held SATURDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2019. Now is the time to make sure you are enrolled to vote.
Three positions will be contested at this election. Current Councillors whose terms will end on 19 October 2019 are:
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?
To be eligible to vote in Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands Elections, you must be over 18 and enrolled on the seat of Lingiari or the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands Owners and Occupiers roll. Voting in Local Government elections, while not compulsory, is an important way for you to connect with grassroots government.
Residents in the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands who are enrolled on the seat of Lingiari are automatically enrolled to vote in Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands elections.
If you are over 18 and not enrolled on the seat of Lingiari, you must submit an enrolment application.
If you have recently moved to the Shire, you must update your enrolment to the seat of Lingiari.
Please be aware that the last date for inclusion on the Electoral Roll for the 2019 Elections is 30 August 2019. Your application for enrolment must be received by the close of business on this day if you wish to vote in the 2019 Elections.
If you are on the Electoral Roll for the seat of Lingiari for your normal address on Cocos you are automatically enrolled to vote in the local government election and need to do nothing more. However if you own property on Cocos but are on the State Electoral Roll at an address outside the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, you will need to apply to be added to the owner’s roll for the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands in order to cast a vote.
Do you rent or lease rateable property in the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands but are enrolled on a State Electoral Roll at an address outside the Shire? Do you know you may still be able to vote in the Shire? To claim a vote you will need to be added to the occupiers roll for the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
Enrolment claim forms can be obtained from the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and should be lodged with the Chief Executive Officer at the Shire. ENROLMENT CLOSES 30 AUGUST 2019.
Anyone enrolled as a resident or as a non-resident owner or occupier (apart from the nominee of a body corporate) of rateable property within the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands is eligible to nominate as a candidate for the 2019 Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands local government elections.
Nominations will be accepted by the Returning Officer from Thursday, 5 September 2019 until 4pm on Thursday, 12 September 2019.
MANDATORY INDUCTION SESSION PRIOR TO NOMINATING
If you are thinking about becoming a Councillor at the 2019 Local Government Elections, then as part of this process it is mandatory to complete an online induction prior to nomination. The induction doesn't take long and is available on the website of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (click here to view and complete).
If potential candidates have any questions, please contact Ibrahim Macrae (Governance and Risk Coordinator) at the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands on (08) 91626649.
CANDIDATE INFORMATION FORUMS
Provided that sufficient interest is received from potential candidates, the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands will conduct one Candidate Information Session at the Council Chambers on September 2019 5.00pmand one in CRC Meeting Room on 5 Septmber 2019 12.00pm.
30 August 2019– Close of enrolments (roll closes 5.00pm).
4 September 2019– Candidate Information Forum, Council Chambers 5.00pm.
5 September 2019– Candidate Information Forum, CRC Meeting Room 12.00pm.
5 September 2019– The nomination period opens for potential Councillors. Nominations must be submitted to the Returning Officer (yet to be appointed).
12 September 2019
– The nomination period closes at 4pm for those wishing to nominate as Councillors. REMEMBER
- a mandatory induction session must be undertaken prior to submitting your nomination. The induction is available online via the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website
.You will be asked to declare that you have completed the online induction when filling out your nomination form. It is an offence to make false or misleading statements on the nomination form.
19 October 2019– Election Day. Vote count and declaration of results (poll closes 6.00pm).
Electors and potential candidates can obtain further information with respect to the 2019 local government election process from the following links: