The election really really starts on Friday

johnboy 12 September 2012

Elections ACT are laying out the timetable for this year’s election which formally kicks off on Friday for all it’s been raging for some months now.

The big thing is the caretaker period starts on Friday.

The ACT Legislative Assembly election period officially starts this Friday 14 September, ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green said today.

“From this Friday candidates can be nominated for the election. This day also marks the commencement of the caretaker period for the ACT Government,” Mr Green said.

Polling day is Saturday 20 October 2012. The electoral roll for the election closes on Friday 21 September.

Candidate nominations close at noon on Wednesday 26 September. The names of the candidates will be announced at noon on Thursday 27 September.

“Enrolment and voting is compulsory for people 18 or over who are Australian citizens living in the ACT. To vote in this election you must be on the ACT electoral roll by 8 pm on 21 September,” Mr Green said.

“The ACT Electoral Commission commenced a television, radio and print information campaign this week. Brochures are being sent to all ACT households containing key information about the election,” Mr Green said.

“Encouraging young people to enrol continues to be a focus of the Elections ACT information campaign. Despite an encouraging 10% increase in the number of eligible 18 year olds enrolled over the past month, 42% are still not on the electoral roll,” Mr Green said. “More than 3,000 eligible 19 years old also remain off the roll.”

A pity the advertising hasn’t extended to certain websites.

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