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How to become an Elected Member

Nomination dates

The nomination period to become a candidate in the 2017 local government elections opens on Thursday 7 September 2017 and closes on Thursday 14 September 2017 at 4.00pm.

Returning Officer

The Shire’s Returning Officer is responsible for the conduct and processes associated with the Shire of Chittering local government elections.  The Returning Officer is able to provide further information for prospective candidates including guides and forms for candidates and scrutineers.

The Shire’s Returning Officer will be appointed by the WA Electoral Commission closer to the opening of nominations.

Nomination submissions

Nominations are to be finalised and lodged in person with the Shire’s Returning Officer, who is responsible for the local government elections once the nomination period opens.  An effective nomination consists of the following:

  • A completed nomination form
  • A profile of the candidate, prepared in accordance with the regulations
  • A nomination deposit of $80.00 in the form of cash, bank cheque or money order, and
  • A photograph (optional).

Prior to nominating, potential candidates should read the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s Guide for Candidates (Postal Elections) and be familiar with eligibility, nomination and disclosure of gifts requirements.

Candidates are encouraged to make an appointment with the Shire’s Returning Officer well before nominations close to discuss nominations.  The Shire’s Returning Officer will be available at the Shire of Chittering Administration Centre for appointments during the nomination period.

Candidate information sessions

To enable prospective candidates to gain more information on becoming an Elected Member and how to stand for Council, the Shire will be holding one candidate information session.  This session will be publicised closer to the nomination period.