David Crisafulli
David Crisafulli Geoff Potter

Council elections face review after last year's 'mishaps'

COUNCIL elections will come under review to ensure mishaps at last year's polls are not repeated.

The review will seek to avoid incidents such as  the Fraser Coast running out of ballot papers and booth staff at Rockhampton telling voters to "just vote one".

The Queensland Government has released a discussion paper on the Local Government Electoral Act to get the ball rolling and seek opinions on possible changes.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the government had already introduced more than 150 changes to the legislation relating to councils to empower communities.

He said consultation with councils and the Local Government Association of Queensland would be the hallmark of this review.

"This review of council elections is another piece of the jigsaw to make sure councils are positioned to best reflect the wishes of their communities," he said.

"Communities know best about what's right for them, and the changes to the Local Government Electoral Act will reflect that."

Issues to be resolved include preferential voting for all mayoral candidates, providing CEOs with the option of being the returning officer, electronic voting for voters with a disability and a review of postal voting provisions.

The discussion paper can be found at www.dlgcrr.qld.gov.au/haveyoursay. Submissions close on January, 17, 2014.



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