NSW delays council elections



The New South Wales government has postponed the September council elections in response to the state’s escalating COVID-19 situation.


Local government minister Shelley Hancock said the decision to move the election date from September 4 to December 4 was made following consultation with the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health.


“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current Public Health Orders impacting Greater Sydney, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Local Government elections until later this year,” she said.


Candidate nominations have been delayed until October 25 and nominations will close on November 3.


Hancock said the state’s 5.2 million voters would be able to cast their ballot safely in person, by post or online, using the electronic voting system, iVote.


In addition to making iVote available for the first time in the local council elections, the NSW government has implemented changes to reduce congestion on polling day, by ensuring voters have 13 days to cast their ballot.