Local Government Election this Saturday

Published on Wednesday, 13 October 2021 at 11:00:00 AM


The next state-wide ordinary elections are scheduled for Saturday 16 October 2021. Councillors are elected for terms of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council, and candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Postal elections for local government were first trialled in 1995 and the number opting to hold postal ballots has steadily increased since then. At the 2019 ordinary elections the WA Electoral Commission conducted postal ballots for 86 local governments. The number is likely to be about 90 at the 2021 ordinary elections. There are 138 local government areas in WA.

Postal elections are more convenient for many electors and typically result in a higher rate of voter participation than in person ballots.  The outcome of the election will be known on Saturday evening 16 October and we will advise you of your new elected members in next Monday’s news article! 

There will be a special council meeting held the week after the election. At this meeting, the new elected members are officially sworn into office and the determination of who will step into the Shire President and Deputy Shire President will be determined once all Councillors are officially sworn into their roles.

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