Nominations open for council elections

Nominations are now open for the 45 councils whose elections are being managed by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Candidates interested in standing for Cabonne Shire Council, which includes Canowindra, have until Wednesday, August 9 to nominate.

Candidate names will be published online athttp://candidates.elections.nsw.gov.au/ as they are accepted. As of yesterday no candidates had officially nominated for the 12 positions on Cabonne Shire.

NSW Electoral Commissioner John Schmidt reminded prospective candidates to nominate as soon as possible.

“The nominations deadline is strictly enforced. To avoid any problems with the nomination, candidates should lodge as early as possible.

“A candidate must be properly enrolled in the council they wish to represent and must either be nominated by at least two people who are correctly enrolled in the same council area or ward, or by a Registered Political Party”.

Mr Schmidt also reminds candidates about funding rules for the election.

“Candidates, political parties, third-party campaigners and political donors should acquaint themselves with the rules for election campaign finances. Candidates and groups must also be registered with the NSW Electoral Commission before accepting donations or incurring campaign expenses.

"There are limits on the amounts that can be donated to any registered political parties or groups, which are now capped at $6,100, and a $2,700 cap to unregistered parties, councillors, candidates and third-party campaigners. Third-party campaigners must be registered before incurring more than $2,000 on electoral communication expenditure”.