As Murrumbidgee Council prepares to welcome its first elected Councillors in September, residents are being reminded that this will be a ward-based election.
Those wishing to put their hand up for this election only have until nominations close at 12 noon today, Wednesday August 9.
General Manager Craig Moffitt is urging residents to get in before it’s too late.
“We would love to see a good cross-section of our community represented,” he said.
“You only have a couple of days left to register with the Returning Officer.”
The election will see nine Councillors appointed to the new Council, three Councillors from each of the three wards of Murrumbidgee, Murrumbidgee East and Jerilderie.
Voters will need to know the Ward you are registered in, as it will affect the location where you will be able to vote and the candidates you can vote for.
You can check which Ward you are registered in by going to the NSW Electoral Commission Website.
You can enter your name and address and the website will confirm whether you are enrolled and in which ward you are enrolled.
Murrumbidgee Council Returning Officer Jan Mitchell, who has been appointed by the NSW Electoral Commission, is based at the Darlington Point CWA Hall located at McAlister St, Darlington Point.
As at 9am Tuesday, August 8 the NSW Electoral Commission has accepted nominations from 948 councillor and 33 mayoral candidates across the 45 councils whose elections are being managed by the Commission.
At 6pm on Wednesday, August 9 Returning Officers will conduct the ballot paper draw to determine the position of candidates and groups (where applicable) on the ballot paper.
Once approved, the final list of candidates for each council, will be published in ballot paper order on the NSW Electoral Commission website.
The close of nominations marks the beginning of the official month-long election campaign.
For more information about how to nominate for your local Council election—including nomination and registration details, voting processes and important dates—visit the NSW Electoral Commission website at www.elections.nsw.gov.au.
If you’d like to find out more about what is involved in being a Councillor, visit the Office of Local Government at www.olg.nsw.gov.au or Local Government NSW at www.lgnsw.org.au.