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Public Accounts Committee Report on 1990 Election Costs Report No.14



Public Accounts Committee Report on 1990 Election Costs Report No.14

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Tabled Paper 662


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Mike Reed


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could be called upon as required. This strategy would involve periodic training on a six monthly or annual basis. However, the high turnover of population in the Territory could tend to continually diminish the pool of potential mobile polling team leaders and regional co-ordinators. In addition, it should be noted that in the difficult remote electoral environment there is no substitute for extensive electoral knowledge and experience". Mobile polling and staffmg strategies are revised as part of the planning process for each general election. Expressions of interest for employment as a polling official are invited by public advenisement and in each calender year. Notwithstanding the fact that cost savings may be marginal there is some merit in having a team of N.T. residents trained to conduct mobile polling. Recommendation 1 It is recommended that the Electoral Office prepare a strategy paper on the feasibility of developing a pool of local residents capable of conducting mobile polling. Mobile Polling Sub-section 64(1) of the Electoral Act provides that the Chief Minister may authorise the use of mobile polling teams for an election. Sub-section 64(2) provides that the Chief Electoral Officer shall specify the location, date and hours of mobile polling. Mobile polling for parliamentary elections was pioneered in Australia at the Territory's 1980 Legislative Assembly General Election. Mobile polling has been used at successive general elections and is an integral component of the Electoral Office's strategy to enfranchise electors. Twenty-four mobile polling teams were deployed for the 1990 General Election. Itineraries and votes taken by mobile polling teams are set out at Appendices H and I respectively. There was a substantial increase in the number of polling places visited during the 1990 General Elections. This was in direct response to demographic changes in the relevant period. In remote divisions, enrolment increased by 4,716 or 22.32% between the 1987 and 1990 elections. In explaining the philosophy underpinning the mobile polling strategy adopted for the 1990 election the Chief Electoral Officer stated: 13

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