CRUNCH TIME: Counting will begin when booths close on March 28 for the 2020 council elections. Picture Mike Batterham
CRUNCH TIME: Counting will begin when booths close on March 28 for the 2020 council elections. Picture Mike Batterham

Glitch blocks online nominations of council hopefuls

A GLITCH is blocking the online nomination of council candidates ahead of the local government elections next month.

One Coast councillor said he'd been advised the issue was statewide, after being unable to formalise his nomination earlier this week.

An Electoral Commission Queensland spokesman confirmed investigations were ongoing to identify a technical issue which had brought down the online nomination system.

"Nominations opened on Saturday, 22 February, and since then the system has been used successfully by 259 potential candidates (as of 12.30pm today) to submit their nominations," the spokesman said.

"A list of nominations that have been certified by the ECQ is available on the ECQ website.

"On Tuesday, February 25, the system experienced a technical issue. It has stopped some people from submitting their nominations electronically.

"We are working to identify what caused it, and to ensure that it does not re-occur."

Cut-off for nominations was midday on Tuesday, March 3, with voters set to hit the polling booths on March 28.

The spokesman said candidates were still able to nominate by downloading the nomination form from the ECQ website or collecting one from an ECQ returning officer.

"Whether submitted electronically or downloaded from the ECQ website, completed nomination forms must be lodged with the Returning Officer either in person, by fax or by email," the spokesman said.


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