The Speaker of the House of Representatives has today announced his intention to issue a writ for the Wentworth by-election to be held on Saturday 20 October 2018.
The Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales, Warwick Austin, said that with the by-election being conducted on 20 October the electoral roll for the event will have to close shortly.
“People should act now to ensure they’re their enrolment details are up to date,” Mr Austin said.
“Australian citizens aged 18 years and over, and who are living in the federal electoral Division of Wentworth, are required by law to enrol and vote in the by-election.”
“You can enrol or update your enrolment details. If you are unsure, you can check your enrolment online or call 13 23 26.
“People can also go now to the AEC website to apply for a postal vote or register their interest in working as a polling official.”
The nomination process for people wishing to stand as candidates in elections and by-elections was recently updated to include an option to complete a qualification checklist. The checklist is included as part of the nomination form and enables nominating candidates, if they choose, to demonstrate their eligibility to be elected to Parliament under Section 44 of the Constitution.
If a candidate chooses to complete the checklist, and provides consent, it will be published on the AEC website soon after the declaration of nominations.
The AEC will publish information on whether we have received the checklist, whether consent was given to publish the checklist, and whether any additional documentation was submitted to support the candidate’s eligibility under section 44 of the Constitution. All additional documentation submitted will be published on the AEC website, irrespective of whether the candidate has agreed to publish their checklist.
Changes to the authorisation requirements for communicating electoral matter came into effect on 15 March 2018.
It is imperative that anyone intending to communicate electoral matter is familiar with, and complies with, the updated authorisation requirements.