ECQ 'not to blame' for bankrupt candidate on ballots

A POLITICAL academic does not believe it is the Electoral Commission of Queensland's fault that an undischarged bankrupt slipped through the cracks and was placed on ballots.

Queensland University of Technology political science lecturer John Mickel said a court case into the controversial Ferny Grove outcome, where a self-declared undischarged bankrupt was on ballot papers, possibly could look at the identity checks the Electoral Commission carried out on candidates.

But he said the ECQ should be defended because everybody had an election "sprung" on them in early January, when most people were on holidays.

"And it was the shortest possible timeframe for an election of 26 days," he said.

Mr Mickel also said judging from how not all parties had candidates in every electorate showed how sudden it was.

Meanwhile, he said the ECQ was under "enormous pressure" to make sure everyone was registered to vote, all the rolls were examined, how-to-vote cards were approved and polling booths were organised, among other jobs, within 26 days.

But despite the controversy and waiting time the state has endured for an outcome, Mr Mickel said Queensland was still lucky.

"When you look around the world and you see our process, it is absolutely peaceful on election night," he said. "The expression I use is, 'Yes there would have been tears, but no tear gas'.

"It is all done seamlessly and peacefully."

Mr Mickel said when people mocked the political system, they should stand back and think of the Anzacs who gave their lives so the country could have a parliamentary democracy.


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