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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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14 3.2 Electoral services The NTEC managed one Legislative Assembly and 13 council by-elections, four enterprise agreement ballots and provided support for the AEC in August 2010 for the federal election and for two general elections and four by-elections for interstate jurisdictions. 3.2.1 Legislative Assembly (LA) by-election The division of Araluen by-election was held 9 October 2010 as a result of the resignation of the sitting member, Ms Jodeen Carney, who had held the seat since 2001. The division consists of the Alice Springs suburbs of Gillen, The Gap, Flynn, Araluen (part) and Alice Springs (part) and the rural area south of The Gap. The writ for the by-election was issued on 20 September 2010. The by-election attracted two candidates, Adam Findlay (Australian Labor Party) and Robyn Lambley (Country Liberals). Electors were given the range of voting options provided for in the Act: Postal and pre-poll voting at the Commissions offices in Darwin and Alice Springs Mobile polling a team visited four locations - Alice Springs Correctional Centre, Alice Springs Hospital, Old Timers Aged Care Facility and Yarrenyty-Arltere Town Camp Static polling polling places were appointed at Gillen Primary School and Yirara College which were open from 8am to 6pm on polling day. Robyn Lambley (Country Liberals) was the successful candidate and was declared elected on 13 October 2010. A report on the by-election was drafted and is scheduled to be forwarded to the Speaker in the next reporting year for tabling in the Parliament. Table 3: Election snapshot Araluen by-election No. % Electors on roll 5024 Voter turnout 2975 59.2 Informality 131 4.4 No. candidates 2 Ordinary votes 2226 74.8 Declaration votes 2 0.1 Pre poll votes 641 21.5 Postal votes 106 3.6 Two Party Preferred: ALP 32% CLP 68% 3.2.2 Council by-elections The NTEC has conducted 32 council by-elections and supplementary elections since October 2008. This represents all by-elections so occurring, except for two by-elections in Barkly Shire conducted by the then CEO as RO. Two councils were known to have made standing appointments for the EC to be RO (East Arnhem and Roper Gulf). During the year, the NTEC managed 12 council by-elections and one supplementary election of which nine proceeded to poll and one failed. See the table below for details. Commonwealth elections took place during August 2010 leading to the temporary suspension of by-election activity from July 2010 until early October when three by-elections were scheduled. In conjunction with council, the by-elections had been re-scheduled so as not to conflict with the federal timetable.

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