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Council elections postponed until December

Emma Pritchard|

 

NSW local Government elections have been postponed for three months as the state continues fighting against a deepening Covid-19 crisis.

More than 5 million voters across 125 local councils were scheduled to head to the polls on September 4.

They will now have to wait until December 4 to cast their votes.

It is the second time in as many years the elections have been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The postponement also means local councillors will remain in their current positions for an additional few months.

The decision was made following extensive consultation with and advice from the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

During a recent Covid-19 media conference, Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the postponement of the NSW local Government elections as “a sensible decision”, adding it is currently not appropriate for millions of residents to come together and vote and potentially ignite super spreading events.

2021 Clarence Valley Council (CVC) candidate Phil Belletty said the postponement will allow candidates additional time to prepare their individual campaigns and agreed it was the right decision to help keep NSW communities safe.   

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