Judgement day

THE countdown is on as voters prepare to head to the polling booths this Saturday for the Federal Election.

WITH only days remaining until Election Day, the Australian Electoral Commission says while the election is an in-person community event, it will continue to accommodate “necessary changes for the global pandemic”.
However, Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers has again urged voters to vote in-person this Saturday if possible, with the number of postal votes expected to slow the decision-making process.
He said there have already been 2.5 million postal vote applications have been received.
“There is a sting in the tail with so many postal vote applications this election, and that is the count,” he said.
“We simply cannot count postal votes on election night – we’re already at the limits of our staffing capacity, and work health and safety responsibilities, with the count of election day and pre-poll votes.
“If it’s a close result in individual seats, or overall in the House of Representatives, this level of postal votes makes an election night indication of who forms government less likely.”
The candidates are:
Blaxland: Adam Stepanoff, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation; Oz Guney, Liberal; Linda Eisler, The Greens; Jason Clare, Labor; and Elvis Sinosic, United Australia.
Reid: Sally Sitou, Labor; Sahar Khalili-naghadeh, Fusion: Science, Pirate, Secular, Climate Emergency; Edward Walters, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation; Natalie Baini, Independent; Andrew Cameron, Liberal Democratic Party; Fiona Martin, Liberal; Jamal Daoud, United Australia Party; and Charles Jago, The Greens.
Parramatta: Rohan Laxmanalal, Animal Justice Party; Maria Kovacic, Liberal; Heather Freeman, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation; Liza Tazewell, Liberal Democratic Party; Julian Fayad, United Australia Party; Phil Bradley, The Greens; Andrew Charlton, Labor; and Steve Christou, Independent.