ECQ to manage local council elections


With the Council elections to be held next month, Noosa Council Chief Executive Officer Brett de Chastel reminds voters that the election process is independently managed by the Electoral Commission Queensland.

“Our residents should look out for information being published by ECQ about the upcoming Council election,” Mr de Chastel said.

Council will support ECQ by sharing information as it becomes available, but voters should visit the ECQ website or phone ECQ direct on 1300 881 665 if they have any questions.

“To ensure independence of the election process, Council has no role in the running of the election.

“Our only involvement is the management of election signage and all candidates are provided with details of the rules around election signage,” the CEO explained.

“This is the same process used at the most recent 2013 and 2016 Council elections,” he said.

ECQ has advised that early voting will be available from March 16, but if voters are going to be away from the Noosa Shire for the period 16th to 28th March they should apply to ECQ for a postal vote.

Mr de Chastel said absentee voting is not available for local government elections, so it’s important to call the ECQ to discuss your particular circumstances.

ECQ have advised that key dates are as follows:

28 February - 5pm

Close of electoral role

3 March - Midday

Close of candidate nominations

4 March

Ballot draw

16 March

Early voting commences

28 March

Election day

Details on location of voting booths and opening times will be published by ECQ in due course.