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Local Government Election 2021

Council Elections

The City of Bayswater local government elections are held every two years, on the third Saturday in October.  The next City of Bayswater Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday 16 October 2021.

Council

The City have 11 Councillors, representing 4 wards in the City of Bayswater. Half are elected every two years to serve a term of four years. In October 2021 the City of Bayswater will hold elections for six Councillor positions. The Council will then elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at a Special Meeting of Council, held after the election.

 

Who conducts the election?

The City’s elections are conducted as postal elections run by the Western Australian Electoral Commission. The WAEC  Returning Officer for the 2021 City of Bayswater Local Government Elections will be advised on the City’s website closer to the opening date of nominations. 

 

 

What are the polling hours on election day?

The City of Bayswater will be open from 8.00am until 6.00pm on election day.

 

Postal Election

At a postal election, electors are sent an election package which includes the ballot papers and may then vote at home and post the completed papers to be received no later than 4:30pm on Friday 15 October 2021.

Papers may also be returned in person to the City of Bayswater no later than  6pm on Saturday 16 October 2021.

Election packages containing information on the candidates and instructions on how to vote will be posted to electors approximately three weeks before the Election Day.

 

Enrolment

Who is entitled to vote?

The roll for this election consists of:

1. The Residents Roll

2. Non-Resident Owner and Occupiers

Residents

You are automatically enrolled to vote if you are on the State Electoral Roll by 5:00pm, Friday 27 August 2021. If you are not already on the State Electoral Roll and meet the eligibility criteria, or if you have changed address recently, you must complete an enrolment form.  You may enroll online or check the status of you enrolment at  Enrol to vote - Australian Electoral Commission (aec.gov.au)

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers

If you are a non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property in the City of Bayswater and are on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll and own or occupy rateable property in the City of Bayswater you may be eligible to vote. Occupiers do not have continuous enrolment and should contact the City of Bayswater to confirm their enrolment status. 

Joint Owners and Occupiers

If a rateable property is owned or occupied by more than two people, a majority of the owners/occupiers may nominate two persons from amongst themselves who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll, to enroll as owner/occupier electors.

Corporations

A body corporate that owns or occupies rateable property may nominate two people who are on either the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll to enroll as owner/occupier electors.

Enrolment Forms

Non-Resident Owners and Occupiers Only Enrolment forms  can be obtained from the City of Bayswater

Website  Schedule 1 — Forms (bayswater.wa.gov.au)

 

Application to register a nominee for a body corporate - Form 2A Modified for body corporates 

 

Candidates in the City of Bayswater Election 2021

The City have 11 Councillors, representing 4 wards in the City of Bayswater. Half are elected every two years to serve a term of four years. In October 2021 the City of Bayswater will hold elections for six Councillor positions. The Council will then elect the Mayor and Deputy Mayor at a Special Meeting of Council, held after the election.

Which of the current Elected Member’s terms expire in 2021?

The terms of the Deputy Mayor Cr Filomena Piffaretti, Cr Giorgia Johnson, Cr Barry McKenna, Cr Stephanie Gray, Cr Elli Petersen-Pik and Cr Lorna Clarke expire in 2021 and they are eligible for re-election.

 

 

How does a person become a candidate?

Prior to nominating, an elector must have complete the online Local Government Candidate Induction course which is available on the Department of Local Government’s official website  http://www.elections.wa.gov.au.

The Returning Officer will provide candidates with relevant forms and information. Nominations can only be made to the Returning Officer during the designated nomination period.  

In order to nominate a person must:

  • a completed nomination form;
  • a profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations;
  • a nomination deposit of $80; and
  • a photograph (optional)

 

Eligibility to nominate

In order to nominate, a person must be registered to as a voter for the district in which the are standing as a candidate.

Any person who is on the City of Bayswater’s Electoral Roll as a resident or non-resident owner or occupier of rateable property within the City (and is not disqualified) may be a candidate. 

They do not need to be an elector of the particular ward for which they are standing.

Further details on who is qualified to nominate is outline in the Local Government Act 1995 -  s2.19 to  2.24.

 

When do nominations for candidates open?

Thursday 2 September 2021

 

When do nominations for candidates close?

Thursday 9 September 2021 at 4pm

 

Caretaker Election Period Policy

The primary purpose of the Policy is to avoid the Council making major decisions prior to the election that would bind an incoming Council, prevent use of public resources in ways that are seen as advantageous to or promoting the current elected members who are seeking reelection and ensures that local government officers act impartially in relation to all candidates. Implementation of a Caretaker Election Period Policy would provide for better decision- making and greater transparency and accountability in Council as prescribed by section 1.3 of the Local Government Act 1995.

The Caretaker Period will run from Thursday September 9 at 4pm (end of the Councillor Nomination Period) to Saturday 16 October at 4pm (close of Polling).

Caretaker Election Period Policy 

 

Candidate information session

A free candidate information session to learn more about being a Councillor will be held;

Date: Saturday 21 August 2021

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: City of Belmont Function Room, 215 Wright Street Cloverdale

 

To register by 20 August 2021, please contact the following:

Mark Thornber

P: 9272 0614  /  Email: mark.thornber@bayswater.wa.gov.au

Elissa Harrison

P: 9272 0976  /  Email: elissa.harrison@bayswater.wa.gov.au

Candidate Profiles

Following the close of nominations on Thursday 9 September 2021, all candidate profiles will be available for viewing on this page.

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