Local Elections declared
by JAMES POYNER
9th November 2020
RESULTS FOR the Manningham and Nillumbik Local Elections are in.
With the pandemic forcing a 100 per cent postal election and concerns that Australia Post may not be able to process the volume of ballot packs, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) ran a campaign encouraging voters to return their completed ballots as soon as possible.
Electoral Commissioner, Warwick Gately, said voters responded to the call and it is expected the turnout for the 2020 local elections will exceed the voter response to the 2016 elections.
“I am impressed by the rate of ballot returns compared with the same time in 2016.
“We are tracking above where we expected to be and are appreciative of the public’s response,” he said.
In 2016 an average of 72 per cent of people participated in the elections.
Mr Gately says the ballot return rate is expected to exceed the 75 per cent anticipated average return for this year’s elections.
“Our reminders have generated large call volumes and we’ve increased call centre staff in response,” he said.
In line with state government policy many local councils have moved to single councillor wards.
This election saw 298 separate elections held across Victoria and 2,187 candidates nominated.
In Nillumbik, 79 candidates were campaigning for one of nine ward seats whereas Manningham’s nine ward seats were being contested by 41 candidates.
With both Mannigham and Nillumbik now each representing as nine wards each with one councillor representing, the results are as follows:
Nillumbik: Blue Lake Ward, Councillor Richard Stockman; Bunjil Ward, Councillor Karen Egan; Edendale Ward, Councillor Natalie Duffy; Ellis Ward, Councillor Peter Perkins; Sugarloaf Ward, Councillor Ben Ramcharan; Swipers Gully Ward, Councillor Frances Eyre; Wingrove Ward, Councillor Geoff Paine,
Manningham: Bolin Ward, Councillor Geoff Gough; Currawong Ward, Councillor Andrew Conlon; Manna Ward, Councillor Tomas Lightbody; Tullamore Ward, Councillor Deirdre Diamante; Waldau Ward, Councillor Anna Chen; Ruffey Ward, Councillor Stephen Mayne; Schramm Ward, Councillor Laura Mayne; Westerfolds Ward, Councillor Michelle Kleinert; Yarra Ward, Councillor Carli Lange.