Tips to keep elections on the level
The Local Government Association of South Australia has provided some last minute tips ahead of state-wide council elections.
LGA of SA says the two big things to remember are; do not make promises you can’t keep, and check the rules around election posters.
LGA CEO Wendy Campana says promising to build a new park, pool or racetrack could come back to haunt a candidate when they make Council.
“When considering election promises, candidates might want to take time to consider whether the proposal would cost additional money to implement and where these funds are going to come from,” Ms Campana said.
“Councils are already under pressure to maintain current infrastructure and to satisfy community expectations. To have people making promises during an election campaign that they either can't keep, or if elected will push ahead with at any cost, could be detrimental to their Council's future work.”
“We are fully behind people who have great ideas,” she said.
“But if those ideas cost money and Councils are already stretched to maintain the services currently in place, something will have to give.”
Secondly, LGA of SA says candidates in the upcoming elections should not put up election posters to early.
This is to avoid running contrary to elections legislation, Ms Campana says.
“Whether it is State, Federal or Council elections, there is always some confusion about election signs and candidates are very keen to get their faces before the voting public,” Ms Campana said.
“The guidelines are quite clear, that election signs can only be displayed in public places during the period starting four weeks immediately before the date set for polling day and ending at the close of voting on polling day.
“That is, signs must not go up before 10 October and should be down by 5pm on 7 November however, Councils generally will give a grace period of 48 hours from the close of polls to allow candidates time to gather up signs.”
A dedicated Candidates website is due to go live in coming weeks, and should be accessible through this page.