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Elections break record

Last updated: 11/01/2016 10:39 PM
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The local government elections resulted in a record number of candidates and increased diversity on council.

The 2015 elections saw 227 female candidates elected to council compared to 189 in 2013. There was also a significant increase in the number of councillors aged under 30 years elected.

Local government elections were held on 17 October. The Department of Local Government and Communities in partnership with the Western Australian Electoral Commission (WAEC) ran a comprehensive promotional campaign in the lead up to the elections.

Major objectives of the campaign were to increase the representation of women and young people in council candidacy and to increase voter participation.

The WAEC received a record number of 1,021 candidates - an increase of more than 200 candidates on the 2013 ordinary elections.

The State-wide participation rate for postal elections this year was 27.5 per cent, which compares to 27.8 per cent in 2013.

Voter participation in the country was typically higher than in the metropolitan area. The Shire of Cue had the highest voter participation rate in WA at 66 per cent, while the City of Perth had the highest participation rate of the metropolitan councils with 37 per cent of electors casting a vote.

More information is available at the WAEC website.