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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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17 The NTEC will assess with councils any follow-up required after the general elections and, if required, determine the logistics of a non-voter program, including the resources and data required and a timetable. 3.2.3 Council general elections 2012 By the end of June 2011, 14 councils had appointed the Electoral Commissioner as returning officer for the March 2012 elections. Though the cost implications were a major consideration for councils, a later factor in their deliberations was the announcement of the holding of an election for delegates to a constitutional convention in conjunction with the council elections. One council considering an alternative appointment was aware that council would need to offer the full range of voting services, including absent voting, for all councils going to poll at the general election. Preliminary discussion took place with DHLGRS concerning the general elections scheduled for 2012. The election date of 24 March 2012 was gazetted on Friday 18 March 2011 by the Minister for Local Government. It is expected that more detailed discussions will take place in the 2011-12 reporting year. The EC also addressed the shire CEOs and principal members on two occasions outlining the NTECs approach to the elections. 3.2.4 Fixed elections 2012 Two Territory wide electoral events are timetabled five months apart in March and August 2012. Planning for the elections progressed: Scoping wet and dry season mobile polling programs based on the growth towns, new shire service centres in remote areas and established networks in the remote areas Organisation of the polling on preferred polling days and routes Early discussion of the identification of appropriate regional centres and the deployment of experienced electoral staff to the offices Discussions were held with Australian Defence Forces Canberra to address defence personnel voting needs Advice was given to the AEC of the election timetable so that it is aware of key dates. Visits will be made to remote councils to consolidate working relationships with local stakeholders and improve community support for election activities. Those relationships will be a strong determinant in achieving successful participation outcomes. 3.2.5 Fee-for-service elections The Electoral Act s309 (h) allows the NTEC to negotiate a fee and provide electoral goods and services to persons or organisations, using information or material in its possession or expertise acquired in the exercise of its functions. The Commission conducts such fee for service elections for organisations requiring endorsement of enterprise agreements, the election of office holders, the holding of plebiscites etc, both in the government and nongovernment sectors. The NTEC undertook four enterprise agreement (EA) ballots in 2010-11. Total revenue earned was $24 564.