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Process to change the electoral system

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Process to change the electoral system

Updated 16 March 2020 10:41am

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001 the Council can resolve to change the electoral system; or conduct a binding poll on the question; or electors can demand a binding poll.

A poll can be initiated by at least 5% of electors signing a petition demanding that a poll be held.

Once changed, an electoral system must be used for at least the next two triennial general elections, i.e. we cannot change our electoral system for one election and then change back for the next election.