Blayney Shire Council Elections 2017 - Candidate Information Website Resources

The NSW Electoral Commission has launched the LG2017 election website that specifically focuses on the September 2017 local government elections. Below is a link to the site:
http://www.votensw.info


The website has information on enrollments (residential and non-residential); Polling Places; early voting; planning to be a candidate information and more.

 

The 6 steps to being a candidate (and forming a group of candidates) at the Local Council elections
Step 1: Familiarise yourself with the election processes and your legal obligations.
The information below is based on legislation and processes at the date of publication. If the legislation changes, an updated version of information will be available from the NSW Elections website. Prospective candidates should regularly check the NSW Elections website for any changes.

Candidate Information Presentations 
Part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7MN0ZwBM78

Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Mwb9vAtFE8

Part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DILPWcYf-d4

Part 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRaXwuP4nm8

Election Calendar
http://www.votensw.info/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/238868/LG.108_Election_Calendar_LG2017.PDF


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Candidate Handbook

http://www.votensw.info/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/219684/LG_200_PGCS_Handbook_V5.pdf

Candidate Helpdesk number: 1300 088 942

Step 2: Register as a candidate or group and appoint an official agent

Candidates and groups must register with the NSWEC and appoint a person as their official agent prior to accepting political donations or making payments for electoral expenditure. Registration is a separate process to being nominated as a candidate for the election (see step 4).

A candidate can appoint themselves as their own official agent. A group can appoint a group member as the official agent for the group.  If you do not register with the NSWEC as a candidate or group you must still complete a nomination form to have your name included on the ballot paper (see step 4) and appoint an official agent by Nomination Day.

All official agents (even if you are your own agent) must complete the NSWEC’s online training for agents (or have certain professional qualifications) and submit a form to the NSWEC by Nomination Day to notify the NSWEC of the agent’s appointment.  Penalties (including a fine of $2,750) may apply if you do not appoint an official agent.  

Use the applicable form below to register for the election and notify the NSWEC of your appointed official agent:

Application for Registration of a Group and Notice of Appointment of Official Agent
http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/215764/FD.721_App_for_Reg_of_GroupNotice_of_appt_V11_-_approved.pdf

Application for Registration of a Candidate and Notice of Appointment of Official Agent
http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/215763/FD.722_App_for_Reg_of_CandNotice_of_appt_V10_-_Approved.pdf

Candidate and group registrations close at 12 noon on Nomination Day.

If you do not apply to be registered for the election use the applicable form below to notify the NSWEC of your appointed official agent:
Notice of Appointment of Official Agent for a Group
http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/174544/EF_673_Notice_of_appt_of_Agent_for_a_Group_V1F-AC.pdf

Notice of Appointment of Official Agent for a Candidate
http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/130404/EF_672_Notice_of_Appt_of_Agent_for_Candidate_V2F-IA-AC.pdf

Find out more information about registering for the election and appointing an agent.
http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/fd/local/local_council_elections

Step 3: Manage your campaign finances throughout the entire election period
Official agents are responsible for managing the political donations and electoral expenditure of candidates and groups.

There are strict legal requirements for political donations and electoral expenditure that must be complied with. This includes that there are now caps on political donations at local council elections.

Find out more information about campaign finances.
http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/fd 

Step 4: Nominate as a candidate
Nomination forms along with other candidate related forms will be available on this page prior to the 2017 NSW Local Council Elections.

Step 5: Register electoral material (how to votes) to distribute on Election Day
All electoral material (how to votes) that is to be distributed on Election Day by Registered Political Parties, groups, candidates, and any other person or organisation must be registered with and approved by the Electoral Commissioner.

It is an offence to distribute electoral material on Election Day unless the material has been registered by the Electoral Commissioner. ‘Distribution’ also means the placement of electoral material that can be collected by electors.  The link to the Registration of Electoral Material system will appear on website from Nomination Day.

Step 6: Disclose political donations and electoral expenditure to the NSWEC
Every candidate and group must disclose political donations and electoral expenditure to the NSWEC following the end of the financial year. Even if a candidate or group has nothing to disclose a “nil” disclosure form must still be submitted.  Financial records must be kept from the election campaign to ensure complete and accurate disclosure.

 

The NSWEC will advise all official agents following the end of the financial year of the disclosure requirements.

Find out more information about disclosure.
http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/fd/disclosure


Other Resources and Information

Office of Local Government (OLG) 
www.olg.nsw.gov.au


OLG Candidate Handbook and Model Code of Conduct
www.olg.nsw.gov.au/councils/information-for-councillors

Local Government NSW (LGNSW)
www.lgnsw.org.au/member-services/councillor-support

 

 

Last modified: 22 May 2017

Blayney Shire Council

91 Adelaide Street, Blayney NSW 2799
PO Box 62, Blayney NSW 2799
Telephone: (02) 6368 2104
Facsimilie: (02) 6368 3290
Email: council@blayney.nsw.gov.au

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