Countback to fill council vacancy

The Victorian Electorial Commission has announced a countback procedure to fill an extraordinary vacancy in Wodonga Council will take place at 10am on Monday, January 14, 2019, following the resignation of councillor Tim Quilty.

The vacancy will be filled by a countback of the vacating councillor’s votes from the 2016 Wodonga Council election (instead of voters voting in a by-election).

The vacating councillor’s votes will be distributed to the remaining eligible unsuccessful candidates from the 2016 election, according to voters’ preferences.

The candidate who gains more than 50 per cent  of the countback votes will be elected, Returning Officer Katrina Collins said.

Scrutineers and interested parties may attend and observe the countback.

The result will be published online at vec.vic.gov.au and also in local newspapers.

Mr Quilty was elected to the Legislative Council at the recent Victorian election.