Tragic death may prompt change in election date for Valley
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 enacted.
Part of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011, the section that deals with the death of a mayoral candidate during the election period, requires 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.
When asked if this section would be activated following Cr Jones's shock death, a spokesperson for Deputy Premier and Minister for Local Government Jackie Trad said the matter was under consideration, and a decision would be announced tomorrow.
Section 36 of the Local Government Electoral Act states that if a mayoral candidate dies between noon on nomination day, which occurred on Wednesday, but before polling day, then "the proceedings for the election of the mayor must start again".
The legislation also states the Electoral Commission of Queensland "must, by gazette notice, fix a new polling day for the election".