Residents and ratepayers encouraged to complete election ballot forms ahead of Friday vote closure

ELECTION COUNTDOWN: Mount Gambier City Council executive administration manager Michael McCarthy lodges his ballot. Voting will close at 5pm on Friday, with counting to start on Saturday.

RESIDENTS and ratepayers are encouraged to get their ballots in to the local government elections before voting closes on Friday.

As of 4pm yesterday, 5855 out of a possible 19,336 eligible Mount Gambier City Council voters (30pc) had their ballots received and scanned by the Electoral Commission of South Australia.

The 2018 contest is one of the biggest in the council’s history, with 19 candidates – including seven incumbents – seeking eight vacancies.

Current Mayor Andrew Lee faces a challenge from businesswoman Lynette Martin and former school teacher Mark Jones for the elected leadership role.

Mount Gambier City Council chief executive Mark McShane said the latest postal returns summary indicated the voter turnout would be on par with 2014 results.

“The numbers are getting up there and it has been a solid return to date,” he said.



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