Any person wanting to become a candidate for a Local Government election must lodge a correctly completed nomination form after the date of the notice inviting nominations and before the close of nominations.

The notice inviting nominations publicises the election date and when the election rolls and nominations close on specified dates.

The declaration of nominations takes place after nominations close (the day after in a general election, the same day for a by-election).  If more candidates are nominated than there are vacancies, an election must be held and the draw for positions on ballot papers then takes place.

Vacancies exist for an elected principle member (all municipal councils and some regional councils) and/or for ‘ordinary’ council members.

Eligibility

 
Nominators

The candidate must be nominated by at least three other persons eligible to vote at the election.

  • If the candidate is standing for principal member or for an ordinary council member position in a council which is not divided into wards, the nominees must be enrolled for an address within the council area, and
  • If the candidate is standing for an ordinary council member position in a council which is divided into wards, the nominees must be enrolled for an address within the ward for which the candidate is standing.

Nomination form

Correctly completed nomination forms must be lodged after the date of the notice inviting nominations and before the close of nominations.  Forms must be lodged at the office of the Commissioner in Darwin or Alice Springs or the office of a delegated officer in regional centres (general elections only).

Photographs

A vertical portrait photograph of the head and shoulders of the candidate, taken within the last six months, must be submitted with the nomination form. The photograph must be endorsed on the back to certify it was taken in the last six months.

Deposits

 
Campaign funding and disclosure

There is no legislative provision for funding for local government campaigns and no requirement to disclose campaign expenditure or donations received. 

Scrutineers

Candidates may appoint persons to act as observers on their behalf during election day and the count of ballot papers.

Campaigning

Forms and publications

 

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