2016 council elections: Col Murray says there's risks posed by council run elections

Mayor Col Murray was re-elected to Tamworth Council for a fourth term

Mayor Col Murray was re-elected to Tamworth Council for a fourth term

MAYOR Col Murray is disappointed the NSW Electoral Commission did not do more to “inform and educate” during this year’s local government elections.

At the polls this year, Tamworth’s informal vote rose by more than two per cent, while the overall participation rate dropped by a similar margin.

However, the mayor said council running its own election, like neighbouring Gunnedah, had its risks.

“It’s not the role of the local government to advertise and educate about the election,” Cr Murray said.

He said “council needs to think carefully” about running its own elections in the future.

“If there was a challenge or a serious hiccup, it would be an expensive burden on the council,” he said.

“It appears to work well [in Gunnedah], but its a much smaller community, only about 20 per cent of Tamworth Regional Council.

“We just need to tidy up the process. We will engage with the NSWEC and articulate our thoughts.”

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