MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has criticised the NSW Electoral Commission for its tardy conduct of the counting for the recent local government elections across the region.
The MP said the service provided by the NSW Electoral Commission was a poor alternative to ‘do it yourself’ election option, pioneered by Gunnedah Shire Council in 2012.
Mr Marshall is urging all councils in the region to consider following the lead of Gunnedah, which again conducted its own election, achieving a final result within four days of the September 10 poll and saving more than $30,000 in the process.
“In comparison, other councils were left waiting as the commission’s computers tallied votes and ‘batched’ results and dragged the final results out for a full week in some cases,” Mr Marshall said.
“The service offered to our region’s councils by the NSW Electoral Commission left a lot to be desired. It is an overpriced, bloated and inefficient system.”