Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 07, 2023


Local Government Elections

In reply to the Hon. F. PANGALLO ().29 November 2022).

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries): The Minister for Local Government has advised:

1. Local Government elections in South Australia are wholly conducted by the independent Electoral Commissioner. I have been regularly briefed by the commissioner on the conduct of the recent elections and met with the commissioner on 12 December 2022.

The Local Government (Elections) Act 1999, enables unsuccessful candidates to request a recount within 72 hours of a provisional result declaration. A recount must be undertaken by the commissioner in accordance with the request unless the commissioner considers that there is no prospect that a recount would alter the result of the election. Additionally, the commissioner may conduct a recount on his own initiative during the 72 hours following the provisional declaration.

As decisions regarding recounts are the responsibility of the commissioner, any questions regarding these decisions should be directed to him.

2. I am confident in the ability of the commissioner to investigate any election irregularities thoroughly and provide information to me on any changes or improvements to the legislative framework for my consideration.

3. A review of the recent elections will be undertaken that will incorporate findings and recommendations from the commissioner and include feedback from the local government sector, particularly to maximise participation in elections by both nominees and voters. Following this review, policies for potential changes to any part of the legislative framework will be considered.