The NSW local government elections have been postponed for a second time due to Covid-19, this time pushed back to Saturday, 4 December.
NSW Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the decision to move the election date from 4 September was made following consultation with the NSW Electoral Commission and NSW Health.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and current public health orders impacting Greater Sydney, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the local government elections until later this year,” she said.
“We have taken this step to … ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities, voters, polling staff and candidates.”
The elections for the state’s 125 local councils were initially due to be held in September 2020 but were moved to September 2021 due to safety concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement released today, the NSW Government said iVote (electronic voting) would be available on 4 December for the first time in the local council elections, in a bid to ensure voters’ safety.
The government has also implemented changes to pre-polling, with voters set to have 13 days to cast their ballot, to reduce congestion at booths on polling day.