21/10/2008 - 15:18

ALP probes Riverton election challenge

21/10/2008 - 15:18

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The Australian Labor Party is mounting a potential campaign to challenge the election result in the seat of Riverton by asking residents who felt they were unfairly denied a vote to come forward.

The Australian Labor Party is mounting a potential campaign to challenge the election result in the seat of Riverton by asking residents who felt they were unfairly denied a vote to come forward.

The party said it will run a two-week advertising campaign to make sure resident living in the area have had their say.

Liberal candidate Mike Nahan won the seat by 64 votes ahead of Labor candidate Tony McRae.

Requests from the ALP for a re-count were rejected by the WA Electoral Commission, however a dispute can be filed up to 40 days after October 27.

 

Below is the ALP announcement:

 

The Australian Labor Party has placed advertisements in local papers seeking information from any resident who feels they were unfairly denied a vote at the state election.

The advertisements will run over two weeks in newspapers that circulate in the seat of Riverton.

The advertisements ask people who feel they were unfairly denied a vote on 6 September 2008 - the WA state election - to contact the Labor Party for advice.

Some absentee voters in regional areas were turned away on polling day, and to date there is no gauge of the impact that this had on metropolitan seats.

Simon Mead, WA Labor State Secretary, wants to make sure that the people of Riverton have had their say.

"In a result as close as Riverton, we owe it to the people of that community to ensure that every voter was fairly represented on polling day."

"We were very disappointed that the WA Electoral Commission refused to conduct a recount in such a close seat. Riverton was only decided by 64 votes."

"It is vital that everyone has confidence in the election result, especially with the Barnett Government clinging to government by such a narrow margin."

The WA Electoral Commission has advised that a disputed return can be filed up to 40 days after the 27th October 2008.

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