Four political parties and one non-party candidate are now eligible to receive public election funding following the October 15th 2016 election.
Acting Electoral Commissioner Ro Spence, today confirmed who was able to receive public funding saying “ACT Labor, the Canberra Liberals and the ACT Greens all reached the 4% threshold in each of the five electorates” Mr Spence continued, “with the Australian Sex Party ACT also reaching the threshold in Brindabella and Mr Kim Huynh, a non-party candidate, achieving the required votes in the electorate of Ginninderra.”
“For the 15 October 2016 election the rate of public election funding was calculated at $8.00 per eligible vote,” Mr Spence said. “Public funding payments totalled $1,716,784.00 across the four parties and the one non-party candidate.”
With $8.00 per vote, the Labor party is able to receive $750,488 the Liberals can get $717,056 the Greens party are eligible for $200,768 the Australian Sex party can collect $29,552 and the non-party candidate Mr Kim Huynh is allowed $18,920.
A registered political party will receive funding if the votes for its candidates totalled at least 4% of the total number of first preference votes cast in an electorate.
A non-party candidate is the same if they receive at least 4% of the total number of first preference votes they also qualify.
“No party or candidate is obliged to accept public funding,” Mr Spence said.