Local Government Elections
The City is holding an extraordinary election to fill the vacancies left by the recent resignation of the Mayor and a South Ward Councillor. The elections will be held by postal vote with the results being announced on Friday 24 February 2017.
Local Government Elections play an important role in our democratic system and provide an excellent way to get involved in your community.
Who is able to vote in a local government election?
All local residents and business owners/occupiers are encouraged to enrol to vote in local government elections.
All residents registered on the State/Federal electoral roll for properties within the City of Vincent will be automatically registered for Local Government Elections.
To check and/or update your enrolment details please visit the Western Australian Electoral Commission's website here or phone the Commission on 13 63 06.
If you own or occupy property in Vincent but don’t live here, then you may still be eligible to vote. However, you’ll need to apply to the City’s Chief Executive Officer to be included on the Owners and Occupiers Roll. Corporate bodies can also nominate someone to vote on their behalf.
To ensure that you are included in the vote, please complete one of the electoral application forms listed further below and send it to the City’s Chief Executive Officer by no later than the close of rolls date (we'll advise this soon).
Which positions are up for election this year?
There are two positions to be filled in this extraordinary election:
- Vincent Mayor
- Councillor (South Ward) - position currently vacant
How to vote
Election packages will be sent to all electors on the local government electoral roll where there is an election in their electorate. The WAEC will post these out commencing 29 January 2017. Replacement packages can be obtained from the City of Vincent prior to Election Day and from 8.00am to 6.00pm on Election Day if the package is not received or should any papers be missing.
Post your vote early. Completed postal voting packages must reach the returning officer by 6.00pm on Election Day, Friday 24 February 2017. You may hand deliver your package to an electoral officer at the City of Vincent during business hours before election day or at the polling place between 8.00am and 6.00pm on election day.
Chief polling place: City of Vincent Administration and Civic Centre - 244 Vincent Street Leederville WA 6007. The count of votes will commence at 6.00pm at the chief polling place listed above.
Are you interested in standing for Council?
Any eligible elector can stand for council. There is no requirement for a candidate to belong to a political party or other organisation. Skilled and interested members of the community are encouraged to put their hands up to serve on the Vincent Council.
Nominations to stand for Council open on Wednesday 11 January and close on Wednesday 18 January 2017.
Individuals who wish to run for Council need to nominate as a candidate (see forms below). In order to nominate, a person must be either an eligible resident or non-resident property owner/occupier, and be on the electoral roll as an elector of the district at the close of enrolments. However, the candidate need not be an elector of the particular ward he/she is standing for.
An individual is not able to run for Council if he/she:
- is on the electoral roll as a nominee of a body corporate
- is a member of the Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, House of Representatives of the Senate
- is already a member of another Council or any other local government
- is an insolvent under administration
- is in prison serving a sentence for a crime
- has been convicted of a serious local government offence within the past five years
Further information on a candidate's obligations relating to declaring gifts is available on the disclosure of electoral gifts page.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Election FAQ page on the Department of Local Government and Communities website is available here, while the WA Electoral Commission also has a handy FAQs web page here which should answer many common questions.
Info Sessions for Potential Candidates
Nominations to become Mayor or a South Ward Council Member open 11 January and close 18 January 2017.If you’re interested in nominating, you can make an appointment with the City's returning officer in early January 2017 who will provide you with details on how to nominate. Contact details will be made available from January 3rd.
Application for electoral enrollment
This is the standard enrol to vote form that registers you to vote in federal, state and local government elections. It must be returned to the WA Electoral Commission, not the City of Vincent.
Form 2 - Enrollment Eligibility Claim
Application to register non-resident owners and occupiers who are not included on the State/Federal roll. *Incorporating Notice of Nomination of co-owners or co-occupiers (is required by CEO).
You may make a claim for eligibility using this form at any time. However, if you want to be on the roll for a particular election you must give your claim form to the local government more than 50 days before the election date (close of rolls).
Form 2A - Application to Register a Nominee for a Body Corporate
The body corporate may make a claim for eligibility using this form at any time. However, if the body corporate wants to be represented on the roll for a particular election it must give its claim form to the local government more than 50 days before the election date (close of rolls).
Form 2B - Application to Register a Nominee for Co-Owners or Co-Occupiers
All, or a majority of, owners or occupiers may make a claim for eligibility using this form at any time. However, if you want to be represented on the roll for a particular election you must give this claim form to the local government more than 50 days before the election date (close of rolls). Please note that if you are applying to vote as an occupier of a property, you must include a copy of your lease agreement showing that you have the right to occupy the property for at least the next three months.
Nomination form - by candidate
Nomination form - by agent
Useful information from the Department of Local Government and Communities:
Previous Election Results