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Supplementary Election - Somerton Ward

Due to the recent passing of Councillor Rosalina (Mikki) Bouchee a Supplementary Election will be held to fill the vacancy in the office of Councillor for the Somerton Ward.

Key dates are:

  • Roll close 5pm Tuesday 31 August 2021
  • Opening of nominations Thursday 23 September 2021
  • Nominations close 12 noon, Thursday 7 October 2021
  • Dispatch of ballot material to electors Tuesday 26 October 2021 to Monday 1 November 2021
  • Close of voting (Polling Day) 12 noon, Monday 15 November 2021
  • Scrutiny and count - to be confirmed

Voters Roll

Only the electors in Somerton Ward can vote in this election. You are entitled to vote if you are on the state electoral roll. If you do not appear on the roll you should contact the Electoral Commission of SA (ECSA).

You can check if you are on the state electoral roll on the Australian Electoral Commission's website. If you do not appear on the roll and are an Australian citizen aged 18 or over you can enrol on the Australian Electoral Commission's website

If you are not eligible to enrol on the state electoral roll you may still be entitled to enrol to vote if you own or occupy a property or are a resident non-Australian citizen.

The voters roll for the Somerton Ward Supplementary Election closed on 31 August 2021.

Forms below can be accepted for future elections but please note Council's Supplementary Roll is cleared from 1 January in an election year (next is 2022), so new applications must be received in an election year i.e. from 1 January 2022 to be on Council’s Supplementary Voters Roll for the next election.

Nominate

Becoming a member of council is a great way to represent and help make a difference to your local community.

The nomination period for the vacancy of Councillor for Somerton Ward will open on Thursday 23 September 2021 and will close at 12 noon on Thursday 7 October 2021 (two week period).

Nomination kits are available for collection from Brighton Civic Centre, 24 Jetty Road, Brighton. Nominations can be received only from Thursday 23 September 2021 until close at 12noon on Thursday 7 October 2021.

Potential nominees may also wish to attend a Council meeting, held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month 7pm at Glenelg Town Hall. The next council meetings in September are:

  • 14 September 2021
  • 28 September 2021

Due to COVID restrictions attendance at Council meetings is currently limited to 25 people in the gallery and attendance is on a first-come-first-served basis. Attendees must wear a mask and complete the COVID Safe check-in.

Candidate briefing session

A candidate briefing session was held on Monday 20 September 2021 at the Brighton Civic Centre. If information is required on the Supplementary Election, please contact the Governance Team.

Below is an Information Booklet for the Supplementary Election providing details on the City of Holdfast Bay and this Supplementary Election.

ECSA has a Supplementary Election Briefing Session video for viewing (see below):

Voting

The election will be conducted by post. Issue of ballot papers will be Tuesday 26 October 2021 to Monday 1 November 2021 with voting papers to be returned by 12 noon, Monday 15 November 2021.

Please note: Only the electors in Somerton Ward can vote in this election.

Election signs

Election signs for the council’s Supplementary Election can be displayed from Monday 18 October 2021 and must be removed by 12 noon Monday 15 November 2021 (Close of Polling).

Candidates for election need to familiarise themselves with the LGA Election Signs – General Approval Guidelines (April 2019) and council’s Election Signs Policy (see below).

Important information which should be noted is that:

  • Any signage that is damaged and causing a public safety hazard will require candidates to deal with it immediately or it will be removed by council.
  • Signage should be placed so that it does not obstruct the driver's vision.
  • Should council be contacted by the community regarding signage council will take the appropriate action, which may include removal of signage.
  • A permit from council will be required for any signs that are placed on council or local government land, other than roads.

Authorised by: Roberto Bria - CEO, City of Holdfast Bay, 24 Jetty Road, BRIGHTON SA 5048