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Voting starts for ATSIC Elections - countdown to main voting day

10/10/2002

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of Western Australia have started casting their votes at mobile polling locations for the 2002 ATSIC Regional Council Elections.

Mobile polling began around the State on 7 October and will operate until 18 October. The big voting day in WA is Saturday 19 October.

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) says it is too early to speculate on any voting trends. However, the AEC can report that some locations have had a stronger than expected turnout.

ATSIC WA Election Ambassador and AFL star, Dale Kickett, said it was time for the Indigenous community of WA to use their democratic rights and vote for their preferred candidate.

“Our people once again have their opportunity to decide who should represent them,” Mr Kickett said.

“I encourage our people to have their say. It is important to use your voice to determine who should take on the positions of power at ATSIC. This opportunity will not come again for another three years.”

Promotional radio messages from high-profile Indigenous role models are now reminding the Aboriginal community to cast their vote.

Only ten days remain in the countdown to the main ATSIC Regional Council Election Day on 19 October.

To find out the most convenient place to vote, the community is encouraged to call the AEC on 13 23 26. However, in the lead up to 19 October, polling locations will also be advertised in print media.

Media Contact: Elizabeth Drew 0438 904 826

 

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