Northern Territory Electoral Commission annual report 2006-2007
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KEY RESULT AREAS NTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2006-07 PAGE 21 OF 48 4. KEY RESULT AREA 3 ELECTIONS 4.1 LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS A writ for a by-election for the Division of Stuart was issued on Tuesday, 5 September 2006, following the resignation of Dr Peter Toyne. Polling day was Saturday 23 September 2006. The writ for the by-election was returned on Wednesday 4 October 2006 with Mr Karl Hampton, (endorsed by the Australian Labor Party) named as the new member for Stuart. A detailed election report is being prepared and scheduled for tabling during the next reporting year. Performance indicators for the by-election include: Voter turnout 53.9%; Informality 13.6%; Number of candidates 6; and Cost - $109 894. 4.2 MUNICIPAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS The Commission conducted an election for two aldermen for the Katherine Town Council on 17 March 2007. Enrolment and public awareness activities conducted by the Commission, in conjunction with the by-election, had a positive impact on voter turnout when compared to the previous Katherine by-election in December 2004. However, costs for the by-election were marginally higher. The following table provides a comparison between the performance indicators for the two by-elections. PERFORMANCE INDICATORS DECEMBER 2004 MARCH 2007 Voter turnout % 53.2 63.4 Informality % 4.5 4.5 Cost of the by-election $ 15 301 22 000 Cost per elector $ 3.32 5.01 Cost per voter $ 5.89 7.91 Informality at the by-election remained static at 4.5% when compared to the previous by-election. The following table details the information obtained from the informal vote research.
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