Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
THE City of Bayswater will use postal voting for any upcoming elections, polls or referendums, following a council decision.

It comes in the wake of the 2009 elections where the City of Bayswater was one of only two local governments to hold in-person elections instead of using postal voting (the other was the Town of East Fremantle).

Voter participation for the City of Bayswater was 13 per cent, in contrast to neighbouring councils using postal voting – City of Swan (31 per cent), City of Stirling (28 per cent), Town of Bassendean (35.5 per cent) and Town of Vincent (29.6 per cent).

Across WA, the Statewide voter turnout at the 2009 local government elections was an average of 33.35 per cent.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said the decision to change to postal voting was to encourage greater voter participation and get more people involved in the local decision-making process.

“Currently, the City of Bayswater only allows people to vote in person at designated polling places,” he said.

“That means many people with work or family commitments, or who are elderly or infirm, are effectively denied the right to vote.

“The evidence is clear that if postal voting is available, more people take the opportunity to participate in local government elections.

“Postal voting also places less demands on the City’s resources, which can then be allocated and assigned elsewhere.”

Mayor Kenyon said greater participation would be good for local democracy and the success of postal voting at other councils highlighted it as an effective method of getting people involved.

“By making the WA electoral commissioner responsible for elections there will be more public confidence that elections are conducted independently, impartially and with accountability,” he said.

The WA electoral commissioner will now be responsible for the conduct of all elections, polls or referendums in the City of Bayswater until the end of 2015.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
Chris Thomas
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