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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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16 Table 6: Age range of candidates and elected members 2010-11 18 -2 4 25 -3 4 35 -4 4 45 -5 4 55 -6 4 65 + N o t g iv en T o ta l 18 -2 4 25 -3 4 35 -4 4 45 -5 4 55 -6 4 65 + N o t g iv en T o ta l Central Desert Anmatjere 1 1 1 1 Victoria Daly Daguragu 1 1 2 1 1 Victoria Daly Thamarrurr/Pindi Pindi 1 1 2 1 1 Palmerston NA 1 1 2 1 1 Alice Springs NA 1 2 1 3 7 1 1 Katherine NA 2 2 1 1 Victoria Daly Thamarrurr/Pindi Pindi 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 Central Desert Akityarre (Supp) 1 1 1 1 West Arnhem Gunbalanya 1 1 2 1 1 Roper Gulf Nyirranggulung 1 1 2 1 1 Victoria Daly Daguragu 1 1 1 1 Central Desert Southern Tanami 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 Total 0 3 8 6 9 1 2 27 0 2 6 3 1 0 1 13 Council Ward By-election Candidates by Age range By-election Elected Members by Age Range Advertising and public awareness materials circulated by the NTEC before each government election stress the need for enrolment and that voting is compulsory. Prior to the Palmerston by-election in October 2010, a voting reminder was sent to all households. For the Alice Springs and Katherine Town Council by-elections, the NTEC set up enrolment stands at local shopping centres and mailed to all electors to advise that enrolment and voting was compulsory. The following voter participation rates were recorded as a percentage of those on the roll who voted in the three municipal elections: City of Palmerston 52.2% Alice Springs Town Council 66.8% Katherine Town Council 60.5%. The NTEC trialled the use of netbook computers at two polling places for the Katherine Town Council by-election on 26 February 2011. The netbook software enabled the NTEC to amalgamate the voter names from: hard copy rolls used at one static polling place and the early voting centres NTECs automated postal voting database and netbook records. A list of non voters was prepared from the amalgamated file. The Tasmanian Electoral Commission authorised the use of their specialised software, provided the netbooks and uploaded the roll data. Polling officials and voters appreciated the quicker processing of voters at issuing tables. The trial showed that the use of netbooks will produce savings in printing, scanning and polling official wages. However, the software will need to be customised for Territory purposes and include a backend non-voter program. The decision to commence action against non-voters rests with the relevant council and Katherine Town Council was the only authority to take follow-up action. It authorised the NTEC in April 2011 to carry out infringement follow-up against apparent non-voters, the first council to approve such action under the new 2008 local government legislative provisions. A total of 1894 infringement notices were issued on 1 June 2011. The notice gave the recipients the opportunity to either provide a valid and sufficient reason for not voting or expiate the offence. Responses from the non-voter program in Katherine (return date for responses 29 June 2011) will be assessed in conjunction with council and return to sender (RTS) mail will be forwarded to the AEC. Any further action required of the NTEC will be discussed with council.

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