Mildura Council countback locked in

A COUNTBACK to replace new state MP Ali Cupper on Mildura Council will take place on January 15.

Ms Cupper resigned from council last Friday after formally being declared the successful candidate for the seat of Mildura. She served on council for six years, including two terms as deputy mayor.

“The vacating councillor’s votes will be distributed to the remaining eligible unsuccessful candidates from the 2016 election, according to voters’ preferences,” returning officer Keegan Bartlett said.

“The candidate who gains more than 50 per cent of the countback votes will be elected.”

The countback will take place at 11.30am in the council’s Deakin Avenue chambers. Scrutineers and interested parties may attend and observe the countback.

The successful candidate would have 48 hours to accept a position on council before it passes to the next candidate.

The result will be published online at vec.vic.gov.au and in Sunraysia Daily.

Ms Cupper was one of seven councillors around Victoria to be elected to Parliament at the state election.

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