Plans for 2021 Council Elections in the works

Weddin Shire Council will work with the NSW Electoral Commission and health officials to work towards a COVID Safe Local Government election in 2021.

During the most recent meeting of Weddin Shire Council Director of Corporate Services Lachlan Gibson presented a report for note.

"In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister for Local Government postponed the 2020 ordinary elections for 12 months," Mr Gibson said.

"The NSW Electoral Commission is planning delivery of the 2021 NSW Local Government election so that voters, political participants and election staff remain as safe as possible."

According to the report the NSW Electoral Commission is undertaking a review of every election task from a COVID-Safe perspective having learned from the experiences of recent elections around Australia and New Zealand.

"Public health orders and circumstances are changing as the pandemic evolves, so it is essential to plan ahead for a range of possible scenarios," he said.

At this stage there is no date or exact plan in place with the situation in the state constantly shifting due to the pandemic, however the NSW Electoral Commission is working on taking this into account.

"The NSW Electoral Commission will continue to closely monitor public health orders and advice and make changes to plans as necessary."

According to the report it is yet to be determined how the elections will be affected in regards to restrictions and public health orders, however the NSW Electoral Commission will provide ongoing information as it comes to hand.

The report went on to discuss the sometimes confusing topic of non-residential voters and if non-residential electors aren't on the role are able to vote.

"If eligible, certain electors who do not live in our local government area can be included on the non-residential roll and have the right to vote at Council's elections," Mr Gibson said.