Thinking about running for council but don’t know where to start? The Tasmanian Electoral Commission (TEC) has published a 28- page handbook detailing helpful election info such as how to complete a nomination form, how to get nominated, rules for advertising and how to avoid electoral offences. You must submit your candidate statement and photo by 12pm Monday 19 September, with polling open from 3 – 25 October.
Anyone can put in a nomination as a councillor, as long as you reside primarily in Tasmania and are an elector in your municipal area. You must not be employed by the council in that municipality, have been previously removed from the council, be undergoing a term of imprisonment, or have been sentenced for a crime for which the sentence has not been executed.
Hard copies of the handbook are available from the TEC office in Moonah or by ringing the TEC on 1800 801 701 to have one posted to you. Alternatively, you can find a digital copy of the handbook by visiting the TEC website at www.tec.tas.gov.au