The sudden death of Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones has opened the door for a little-known clause in electoral legislation to be used.
Part of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011, the section deals with the death of a mayoral candidate during the election period, requiring the mayoral election to be held at a later date.
This would allow new candidates to nominate for the election, along with any of the currently nominated candidates.
The Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star contacted Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government, to ask if this section would be activated following Cr Jones shock death.
A spokesperson for Ms Trad said the matter was under consideration, and a decision would be announced on Monday.
The Act says: '36 Procedure on death of candidate when poll to be
(1) If a poll is to be conducted and a candidate dies after noon on
the nomination day but before the polling day for an election-
(a) for a candidate for mayor -the proceedings for the
election of the mayor must start again;'.
Earlier media reports quoted a spokesperson for the Electoral Commission as saying the mayoral election would be held on March 19 'regardless', despite the Electoral Act requiring the election to be restarted.
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