Victoria’s local government elections – so just what’s it all about this time around?

VLGA Chief of Staff Steve Cooper speaks to Connection Matters Radio about the postal voting process for October's local government elections

Victoria’s local government elections – so just what’s it all about this time around?

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 2 October 2020
      CMR - 043 - Steve Cooper

 

Click on the play button above to hear the full interview with Steve Cooper

Click here to read/download the full interview transcript

 

Overview

As we draw ever closer to the Victorian local government elections, which close on 24th of October, there are still elements of confusion around the election process, including fairness as it relates to non-incumbent candidates.

Steve Cooper, Chief-of-Staff at the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) spoke to Connection Matters Radio (CMR) about the process and decision to continue with the elections.

When asked why, in his opinion, the State Government had opted to continue with the elections despite the coronavirus pandemic, Steve said: “Interestingly, the decision to go with a postal vote had already been made in a pre-COVID environment.

“One of the changes to the Local Government Act was to give the minister rather than individual councils that decision making power as to how the election would be conducted, whether it would be postal or attendance voting. So that had already been locked in and probably was one of the factors that influenced the minister’s decision to proceed.”

 

Key points discussed during this interview include:

  • Key attributes to look for in candidates
  • Is coronavirus benefiting the incumbent councillors?
  • How the postal voting system will work during these elections

 

Click here to read the full interview transcript

Click on the play button below to hear the full interview with Steve Cooper

 

      CMR - 043 - Steve Cooper

 

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