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2017 election results

The 2017 elections for Local Land Service have been completed, resulting in the election of 34 Board members to serve on our 11 Regional Local Land Services Boards. The Australian Election Company was engaged to act as returning officer.

A media release outlines the results.

A full election report is available. PDF, 458.14 KB

Summary

The second Local Land Services election was completed on 31 May, resulting in 34 board members to serve on 11 regional Local Land Services Boards for a three year term.

Successful candidates include 19 board members returning for their second term and six women. This balance of experienced and new elected members will refresh Local Land Services regional boards, ensuring our organisation’s strong governance and strategic direction.

Changes in 2017

Based on recommendations from a review of the 2014 election, there were two key initiatives implemented in this election.

An external contractor, the Australian Election Company (Austelect), was engaged as the Returning Officer and Local Land Services was the Enrolment Officer.

Electronic voting was also used as alternative to postal voting to make the process simpler and more cost effective.

Results

Overall, there were 101 nominations received, which is lower than the 262 nominations received in 2014.

The original electoral roll count was 12,230. However, after several data cleansing phases throughout the process, the net total of voters on the electoral roll reduced to 12,195; 6561 were electronic voters and 5634 were postal voters. Across the state, we received 4301 voting papers (electronic and postal).

This comprised of 1985 electronic votes and 2316 postal votes. However, prior to the count process taking place, 29 postal votes were rejected at preliminary scrutiny.

During the count processes, there were three informal electronic votes and 12 informal postal votes. This resulted in 4257 formal votes accepted.

The level of engagement across the state averaged at 36 per cent which surpasses the usual election response of 15-20 per cent. Given voting is voluntary under the Local Land Services Regulations 2014, this response is pleasing.

Counting was undertaken by Austelect on 2 June in the presence of two independent scrutineers. Successful candidates were notified by phone on 5 June and the election outcomes made public on 8 June.

For a detailed explanation of the 2017 election process and results per region, Austelect have prepared a formal election report for Local Land Services.

If a candidate is dissatisfied and wants to dispute the validity of the election, an application can be made to the Land and Environment Court under Schedule 1, Division 6 (36) of the Local Land Services Regulation 2014 within 28 days of the results being announced publicly (8 June 2017).

Comparative key information on enrolments and votes cast for the 2014 and 2017 elections is tabled below:

LLS Region

No of candidates 2014

No of candidates 2017

Enrolled

2014

Enrolled 2017

Voting papers received 2014

Voting papers/emails received 2017

(formal votes accepted for count)

Informal 2014

Informal 2017

Rejected at preliminary scrutiny

2017

TOTAL

2014

% (enrolled vs received) 2014

TOTAL 2017

(includes informal and rejected)

% (enrolled vs received) 2017

Central Tablelands

28

10

1087

1408

768

475

26

3

3

794

73%

481

34%

Central West

26

8

1240

1424

740

498

3

3

3

743

60%

504

35%

Greater Sydney

11

8

128

161

62

56

3

0

0

65

51%

56

35%

Hunter

28

4

989

1261

700

420

12

1

2

712

72%

423

34%

Murray

12

8

604

597

360

252

3

0

2

363

60%

254

43%

North Coast

30

14

1340

1504

873

574

19

0

4

892

67%

578

38%

Northern Tablelands

28

6

925

1333

591

394

14

1

3

605

65%

398

30%

North West

20

5

1100

1160

760

433

5

2

3

765

70%

438

38%

Riverina

27

13

1050

1442

671

423

20

2

2

691

66%

427

30%

South East

36

18

1365

1467

766

578

1

3

3

767

56%

584

40%

Western

16

7

405

438

251

154

11

0

4

262

65%

158

36%

TOTALS

262

101

10233

12195

6542

4257

117

15

29

6659

65%

4301

36%