AEC not yet proven where election writs have been advertised as required by Electoral Act

May 18

Posted by Editor, cairnsnews

It seems the Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers has been unable to provide proof of where the election writ has been published as required under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

Dale Holmes writes that the AEC has been unable to state which newspapers have published the writs, therefore a huge question mark hangs over the legitimacy of the federal election on Saturday.

https://t.me/DaleHolmes1985/1084

154  Writs for election of members of House of Representatives

             (1)  A writ for the election of a Member of the House of Representatives or for a general election for the House of Representatives shall be addressed to the Electoral Commissioner.

             (2)  Only 8 writs shall be issued for each general election, namely:

                     (a)  a writ that relates to the members to be elected from New South Wales;

                     (b)  a writ that relates to the members to be elected from Victoria;

                     (c)  a writ that relates to the members to be elected from Queensland;

                     (d)  a writ that relates to the members to be elected from South Australia;

                     (e)  a writ that relates to the members to be elected from Western Australia;

                      (f)  a writ that relates to the members to be elected from Tasmania;

                     (g)  a writ that relates to the members to be elected from the Australian Capital Territory; and

                     (h)  a writ that relates to the members to be elected from the Northern Territory.

             (3)  The 8 writs issued for a general election shall be issued on the same day.

             (4)  Where a writ for an election to be held in a Division, or each Division, in a State or Territory is received by the Electoral Commissioner under subsection (1), the Commissioner shall:

                     (a)  endorse on the writ the date of its receipt;

                     (b)  advertise receipt of, and particulars of, the writ:

                              (i)  in not less than 2 newspapers circulating generally in the State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  if there is only one newspaper circulating generally in the State or Territory—in that newspaper;

                     (c)  take such steps as the Commissioner considers appropriate to advise the Divisional Returning Officer or each Divisional Returning Officer, as the case requires, of the particulars of the writ, including the dates fixed by the writ; and

                     (d)  give such directions as the Commissioner considers appropriate to the Divisional Returning Officer or each Divisional Returning Officer, as the case requires, in relation to the holding of the election.

    (5)  Where a writ for an election to be held in a Division or Divisions is received by the Electoral Commissioner under subsection (1), the Commissioner may, where he or she considers it appropriate, advertise receipt of, and particulars of, the writ, in a newspaper or newspapers circulating in the Division or in some or all of the Divisions, as the case requires.

153  Writs for election of Senators

             (1)  A writ for the election of Senators shall be addressed to the Australian Electoral Officer for the State or Territory for which the election is to be held.

             (2)  Where a writ for an election of Senators is received by the Australian Electoral Officer for a State or Territory under subsection (1), the officer shall:

                     (a)  endorse on the writ the date of its receipt;

                     (b)  advertise receipt of, and particulars of, the writ:

                              (i)  in not less than 2 newspapers circulating generally in the State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  if there is only one newspaper circulating generally in the State or Territory—in that newspaper;

                     (c)  take such steps as the officer considers appropriate to advise each Divisional Returning Officer in the State or Territory of the dates fixed by the writ; and

                     (d)  give such directions as the officer considers appropriate to each Divisional Returning Officer in relation to the holding of the election.

The AEC has been contacted for comment with this request:

‘To Tom Rogers
Australian Electoral Commissioner
Dear Sir,
Could you please provide information relating to the publication of the writs for a general election as required under section 153 and 154 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

  • eight writs have to be published, could you please advise in what newspapers, location and date of publication.
    Thank you
    J O’Toole
    Editor
    Cairns News
    May 18, 2022′

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