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Rolls Closing for ATSIC elections on Friday

30/9/2002

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people intending to enrol to vote in the October 19 ATSIC Regional Council elections only have a few days left to get on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.

Completed enrolment forms must be in the hands of the Australian Electoral Commission by 5pm this Friday--October 4, 2002.

To cast a valid ATSIC election vote and have a say on the policies and issues confronting Indigenous people in this region, voters must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, over 18, and be on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll in the ward they live.

With time running out, ATSIC is urging everyone wanting to cast a valid vote to check with the Australian Electoral Commission and to get their form in before it’s too late.

They can do this easily and quickly by ringing 13 23 26 for advice on enrolling or to ensure they are correctly enrolled in the ward they live in.

Enrolment forms are also available from AEC offices, Australia Post offices, ATSIC - and on both organisations’ websites: www.aec.gov.au and www.atsic.gov.au

The final call to ‘get on the roll’ follows weeks of strong community interest in the elections and the announcement of local candidates.

A large and increased field of 309 candidates, including 101 women, are contesting the 82 places on Queensland’s seven ATSIC Regional Councils.

ATSIC and the AEC are also urging Indigenous students, women and other young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have recently turned 18 to get on the roll and to have their say on Aboriginal and Torres Strait policies and issues, for the first time.

There are many young Indigenous people who have never voted before in any election who can now do so.

There are also large numbers of young Indigenous people attending University and TAFE who may not yet be enrolled.

ATSIC and the AEC are urging all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make use of their right to be heard by enrolling and voting in the ATSIC elections.

Media Contact and Further Information: Mark Heward, ATSIC Public Affairs, 07 300 64884 or 0417724292, Gordon Webster, AEC State Election Coordinator, 07 38343442

 

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