Council Election and Caretaker Period

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Central Goldfields Shire Council Election will be held on Saturday 24 October, 2020 and is run by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Councils must comply with special arrangements in the lead up to the elections, known as the caretaker period. This is in accordance with the Local Government Act.

The Act states that the election caretaker period starts on the last day on which nominations for the election can be received and finishes at 6pm on the election day.

For the 2020 Council election, this means the election caretaker period will be from 12noon, Tuesday 22 September to 6pm, Saturday 24 October.

Council’s Governance Rules were adopted by Council in August and Chapter 7 of that document details the Election Period Policy that ensures Council business continues throughout this period in a responsible and transparent manner.

Essentially, during the election period councils are prohibited from making certain types of decisions and the material produced by councils must not contain matter than will affect voting at the election.

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