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20-12-2018 by admin

It will be the case of one election down and another to go when Parkes Shire Council hosts a special information night for would- be councillors in late July.

Voters go to the national polls on July 2 to elect the next federal government and about two months later – Saturday, September 10 – shire residents will be given the task of electing councillors to serve the Parkes shire for the next four years.

With several councillors already indicating they won’t be seeking re-election, the proposed Information Night will be designed to provide answers to any questions posed by potential candidates.

No definite date has yet been set for the Information night.

The NSW Electoral Commission expressed its desire to have the Returning Officer for the September 10 Local Government election to be based in Parkes.

The Returning Officer will administer the elections for the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shires.

Mr Les Finn (Director Technology and Corporate Services) informed the most recent Council meeting that an agreement has now been made with the NSW Electoral Commission for the sole use of the Coventry Room for the Returning Office which will be operational from June 27 to September 23.

“We have contacted organisations that had indicated using the Coventry Room during this period and assisted them in locating suitable alternative venues for their events,” Mr Finn said. “This includes the iconic Central West Astrofest.”

Mr Finn said the Returning Office will be used for several purposes including secure storage of materials, training of polling place managers, pre-poll voting and the counting of ballot papers.

The dual purpose of using the Coventry Room as polling place and Returning Office can’t be accommodated.

“The use of the Coventry Room as the Returning Officer’s primary office has caused the primary voting place to be transferred to the Parkes High School or possibly the M and D Little Theatre.

“This is because the election material and ballot papers from the three Council areas will be forwarded to Parkes (Coventry Room) on the Saturday night for scrutiny.

The public will be advised of any changes well beforehand.

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