Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Make your vote count

    7/10/2011 12:00 AM
     
    • Local government elections are on October 15
    • People urged to send in their postal votes now
    Local Government Minister John Castrilli has urged electors participating in postal voting to ensure they return their ballot papers to the WA Electoral Commission prior to October 15, 2011.

    “I am concerned with just over one week to go, the WA Electoral Commission website displayed the fact that on a State average, only 18 per cent of ballot papers issued had so far been returned,” Mr Castrilli said.

    The Minister noted the lowest return to date was seven per cent of ballot papers issued, with the highest being 44 per cent of papers issued.

    “The work of local government is varied, however it plays an important role in all areas of our day-to-day life as citizens - whether we live in cities, towns or country areas,” he  said.

    “Local government elections play an important role in our democratic system and are an excellent opportunity for people to contribute to, and be involved in, their local community.

    “While it is not compulsory to vote, I would urge electors to take time over the next week to complete and return their postal votes.”

    Mr Castrilli said electors needed to ensure their completed package was returned in sufficient time for it to be with the Returning Officer by the close of polling at 6pm on Saturday, October 15.

    If required, postal votes can be hand delivered to their relevant council office.

          Fact File
    • Current WAEC figures show just 20 per cent of ballot papers issued have been returned out of the 1,122,309 voting packages sent out
    • WA Electoral Commission website: http://www.waec.wa.gov.au/

    Minister's office - 9213 6800