City Council Election Results: A Disaster for the Community: Four more years of frustration

The results of the Melbourne City Council could not have been much worst.  The loss of community based candidate Kevin Chamberlin and the election of Stephen Mayne and two Green Candidates will be strongly felt.

Stephen Mayne is the strongest performer of those elected but he is a lone wolf and his howling will echo through-out the Town Hall.

The two Green Councillors  lack experience and know how and will need to fall back on Stephen Mayne to provide direction and guidance.  Jackie Watts, who is the least experienced candidate will be without direction or guidance, she will have to follow along with the rest of the pack as a lost sheep.

Stephen Mayne, former City of Manningham Councillor, will continue to push his own political maverick agenda but this time backed up by the media appeal and resources of the Melbourne City Council.

With Stephen Mayne leading the “Opposition team” there is little hope that confidence or representation will be restored. Stephen Mayne lives in Templestow not the City and as such residents of Melbourne and small business will be struggling to have a voice at the table.

Liberal Party Member, Councillor, Ken Ong, will hold the balance of power and will find himself being forced to side with Team Doyle to provide stability and leadership to the City.  Councillor Ong is probably the Council’s best hope of delivering stable and effective government.

The other independent voice at the table will be Richard Foster.  Foster, who is the President of the local ALP Carlton Branch, is new to Council and without the experience and guiding voice of Kevin Chamberlin will be struggling to find his voice and role in Council. Foster is unlikely to side with the Greens on a number of issues but may be forced to form an alliance if Team Doyle seeks to cut him out of the picture.

Richard Forster will not necessarily side with Stephen Mayne but they could find some areas of common agreement if not on style on policy related to governance and accountability which could force them to form a working alliance and mutual dependency. Much depends on how Team Doyle decide to run the show. This will certainly be a test of Doyle’s leadership ability.  If he role of opposition leader of to go by, anything could happen.

Stephen Mayne wins a seat at Melbourne City Council’s table

At close of counting Saturday night (9:00PM): In a surprised turnaround maverick Stephen Mayne has managed to secure 6% of the primary vote. Stephen Mayne was expected to poll around 4% but the low voter turnout has boosted his vote.

As counting progressed Team Doyle fell to just below 39% giving Team Doyle one short of absolute control of the City Council.  Community based candidate Kevin Chamberlin failed to be elected, falling short by one percent behind Team Doyle’s Carl Jetter.   The last three positions going to David Nolte’s lead candidate ALP Carlton Branch president, Richard Foster, who was elected by “Stop the Rorts: Residents First” group preferences. The Greens and Stephen Mayne were elected following the distribution of Kevin Chamberlin’s votes leaving Team Doyle left holding what is referred to as the “Wasted Quota” using the Droop Quota system (Number of votes divided by (the number of positions plus one)+1)

With all primary votes allocated the following candidates are most likely to be elected to the City Council (C9 group)

Order Candidate Group
1  LOUEY, Kevin TEAM DOYLE
2  OKE, Cathy THE GREENS
3  ONG, Ken GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
4  WATTS, Jackie MORGAN ELLIOTT- PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
5  WOOD, Arron TEAM DOYLE
6  PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley TEAM DOYLE
7  FOSTER, Richard OUR MELBOURNE
8  MAYNE, Stephen STEPHEN MAYNE
9 LEPPERT, Rohan THE GREENS
10  JETTER, Carl TEAM DOYLE
11  CHAMBERLIN, Kevin SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE

Primary Vote Tally as of 9:00PM Saturday October 27, 2012

Group Name ABL Ticket Votes Est. BTL Votes Total Primary % Formal Informal Total Votes Enrolled
OUR MELBOURNE            3,364              400       3,764 5.93%
STEPHEN MAYNE            3,131              591       3,722 5.87%
RESIDENTS FIRST:STOP THE RATES RIP-OFF!            1,687              219       1,906 3.00%
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE            3,223              366       3,589 5.66%
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP            1,183                 73       1,256 1.98%
FORWARD TOGETHER                447                 73          520 0.82%
THE GREENS            8,912              884       9,796 15.44%
TEAM DOYLE          22,790           1,216    24,006 37.84%
MORGAN ELLIOTT- PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY            5,569              917       6,486 10.22%
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING            7,514              473       7,987 12.59%
Ungrouped              416          416 0.66%
sum          57,820           5,628    63,448
     1,778    65,226          108,450
91.13% 8.87% 97.27% 100.00% 2.73% 100% 60.14%

Stephen Mayne wins a seat at Melbourne City Council’s table

At close of counting Saturday night (9:00PM): In a surprised turnaround maverick Stephen Mayne has managed to secure 6% of the primary vote. Stephen Mayne was expected to poll around 4% but the low voter turnout has boosted his vote.

As counting progressed Team Doyle fell to just below 39% giving Team Doyle one short of absolute control of the City Council.  Community based candidate Kevin Chamberlin failed to be elected, falling short by one percent behind Team Doyle’s Carl Jetter.   The last three positions going to David Nolte’s lead candidate ALP Carlton Branch president, Richard Foster, who was elected by “Stop the Rorts: Residents First” group preferences. The Greens and Stephen Mayne were elected following the distribution of Kevin Chamberlin’s votes leaving Team Doyle left holding what is referred to as the “Wasted Quota” using the Droop Quota system (Number of votes divided by (the number of positions plus one)+1)

With all primary votes allocated the following candidates are most likely to be elected to the City Council (C9 group)

Order Candidate Group
1  LOUEY, Kevin TEAM DOYLE
2  OKE, Cathy THE GREENS
3  ONG, Ken GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING
4  WATTS, Jackie MORGAN ELLIOTT- PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY
5  WOOD, Arron TEAM DOYLE
6  PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley TEAM DOYLE
7  FOSTER, Richard OUR MELBOURNE
8  MAYNE, Stephen STEPHEN MAYNE
9 LEPPERT, Rohan THE GREENS
10  JETTER, Carl TEAM DOYLE
11  CHAMBERLIN, Kevin SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE

Primary Vote Tally as of 9:00PM Saturday October 27, 2012

Group Name ABL Ticket Votes Est. BTL Votes Total Primary % Formal Informal Total Votes Enrolled
OUR MELBOURNE            3,364              400       3,764 5.93%
STEPHEN MAYNE            3,131              591       3,722 5.87%
RESIDENTS FIRST:STOP THE RATES RIP-OFF!            1,687              219       1,906 3.00%
SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE            3,223              366       3,589 5.66%
COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP            1,183                 73       1,256 1.98%
FORWARD TOGETHER                447                 73          520 0.82%
THE GREENS            8,912              884       9,796 15.44%
TEAM DOYLE          22,790           1,216    24,006 37.84%
MORGAN ELLIOTT- PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY            5,569              917       6,486 10.22%
GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING            7,514              473       7,987 12.59%
Ungrouped              416          416 0.66%
sum          57,820           5,628    63,448
     1,778    65,226          108,450
91.13% 8.87% 97.27% 100.00% 2.73% 100% 60.14%

Doyle to be returned as Lord Mayor for second term

Robert Doyle is expected to be re-elected as Lord Mayor for a second term. Scrutineers are reporting that Team Doyle is polling 40% with the Greens a distant second on on 16%. Gary Singer John So’s ticket has failed to attract significant support. The outcome of election is in line with earlier estimates. It is still unclear is the Team Doyle vote is holding in the Council C9 election. If Team Doyle polls over 40% then they will hold an absolute majority of votes in the Council Chamber.

The vote is in the post

Melbourne City Council Voter Return Rate

66,432 votes (61.3% of enrolled voters) have been posted and received by the returning officer at the close of the ballot at 6PM Friday October 26. The number of votes returned is lower than in 2008. The vote is cast and it is just a matter of time before we know if expectations meet reality. Scrutineers should know the overall out come by 1PM Saturday as envelopes are opened and counting beings.


Sadly the VEC has opted to not hold an open and transparent count. Ballot papers will not be presorted into primary votes prior to data-entry and counting by computer (The VEC ignoring the provisions of Schedule 3 clause 11B of the :LGA). A move that many think has diminished the quality of the scrutiny of the election and generated allegations that the postal vote election is not transparent and is wide open to corruption, fraud and ballot stuffing.
The VEC informed candidates last night that ballot papers will not be subject to voter verification prior to being admitted into the count. Cr Ong (Singer/So team) indicated that if the election result is close and evidence of fraud comes to light then the election could be challenged and set aside.

Campaign managers are expecting a high informal vote with most punters predicting a slump in preferences for Team Doyle (Estimated at 32-33%).

If predictions are correct than this could be a close race and Doyle’s second term is not guaranteed. If it is a Doyle/Green contest Doyle will win. If it is a Singer Doyle contest Doyle has the advantage, if Shanahan and the Greens out poll Singer and Shanhan has more votes than the Greens after preferences than Shanahan is in a position to out poll Doyle. Shanahan needs around 15% primary to be a contender and he is expected to pickup the donkey vote which in 2008 elected Robert Doyle. The Greens are estimated at 16%-18% Singer 15%-16% (Singer needs 20-22% to be a serious contender)  

Close of ballot 6PM Friday October 26

The vote is in the post

Melbourne City Council Voter Return Rate

66,432 votes (61.3% of enrolled voters) have been posted and received by the returning officer at the close of the ballot at 6PM Friday October 26. The number of votes returned is lower than in 2008. The vote is cast and it is just a matter of time before we know if expectations meet reality. Scrutineers should know the overall out come by 1PM Saturday as envelopes are opened and counting beings.


Sadly the VEC has opted to not hold an open and transparent count. Ballot papers will not be presorted into primary votes prior to data-entry and counting by computer (The VEC ignoring the provisions of Schedule 3 clause 11B of the :LGA). A move that many think has diminished the quality of the scrutiny of the election and generated allegations that the postal vote election is not transparent and is wide open to corruption, fraud and ballot stuffing.
The VEC informed candidates last night that ballot papers will not be subject to voter verification prior to being admitted into the count. Cr Ong (Singer/So team) indicated that if the election result is close and evidence of fraud comes to light then the election could be challenged and set aside.

Campaign managers are expecting a high informal vote with most punters predicting a slump in preferences for Team Doyle (Estimated at 32-33%).

If predictions are correct than this could be a close race and Doyle’s second term is not guaranteed. If it is a Doyle/Green contest Doyle will win. If it is a Singer Doyle contest Doyle has the advantage, if Shanahan and the Greens out poll Singer and Shanhan has more votes than the Greens after preferences than Shanahan is in a position to out poll Doyle. Shanahan needs around 15% primary to be a contender and he is expected to pickup the donkey vote which in 2008 elected Robert Doyle. The Greens are estimated at 16%-18% Singer 15%-16% (Singer needs 20-22% to be a serious contender)  

Close of ballot 6PM Friday October 26

Rigging the vote: Call for VEC to conduct preliminary sort of ballot papers

Vote-rig investigation sparks city raid

Date by Melissa Fyfe, The Age
Detectives remove items after the raid on the city offices. Detectives remove items after the raid on the city offices. Photo: Jason South
Police have raided the city offices of a Melbourne Council candidate, dramatically escalating investigations into suspected vote-rigging ahead of this weekend’s election.
Azezzur Rahaman, a candidate for the upcoming Melbourne City Council elections. Azeezur Rahaman, a candidate for the upcoming Melbourne City Council elections. Photo: Jason South

Police and local government officers investigating an illegal “vote harvesting” scheme entered the Queen Street offices of Azeezur Rahaman today.

The allegations of vote rigging are backed up by anecdotal evidence from poll workers who have been reporting that when the door knocked public housing tenants voting papers had been collected from tenants with African and Indian decent and presumably posted.   This has raised ongoing concern as to the probity of postal voting. 

Mr Anthony van der Craats, Systems Analyst and Independent Candidate in the City Council election, has called on the returning officer to facilitate the proper scrutiny of the ballot by undertaking a preliminary sort of ballot papers by primary vote as is required by the Local Government Act. 

A preliminary sort will enable scrutineers to monitor the ballot and detect if there is common handwriting on ball papers favouring a particular candidate. There is concern that the VEC will seek to cut corners by not undertaking a preliminary sort.  Without a a preliminary sorting of ballot papers prior top the data-entry of below the line votes it is impossible for scrutineers to properly observe the counting of the votes

Time to vote or risk a fine: Voting closes this Friday 6PM

Voting in the Melbourne Municipal Elections is compulsory. 

Votes need to be returned to the City of Melbourne Returning Officer, Town Hall, Swanston Street
before 6PM Friday October 26, 2012

If you have not yet posted your votes by return mail you need to do so now in order to ensure they arrive before the Friday deadline and to avoid the risk of being fined

For information on How-to-vote click below.

How-To-Vote

Anthony van der Craats

Independent ungrouped Candidate

Please vote below the line and number every candidate in the order below. – Thanks
 

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FOSTER, Richard
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D’CRUZ, Emily Lee
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RUBBO, Mark Dattilo
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SYME, Wendy
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EDWARDS, Jason
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MAYNE, Stephen
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ANDERSON, Michele
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DOWNING, Luke S.
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CRAGG, David
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CHAMBERLIN, Kevin
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DUTTA, Roshena
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PARISI, Nick
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MACDONALD, Alex
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RAHAMAN, Azeezur
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FISCHL, Leesa
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ANDERSON, Gerard
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NORRIS, Maree
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OKE, Cathy
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LEPPERT, Rohan
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RHODES, Lachlan
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PODESTA, Jennifer
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THIEL, Philip
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LOUEY, Kevin
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WOOD, Arron
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PINDER-MORTIMER, Beverley
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JETTER, Carl
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SHEN, Harvard
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SWEETMAN, Fiona
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WEI, Hope
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WATTS, Jackie
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KENNEDY, Michael
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KINSELLA, Marie
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O’BRIEN, Sue
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ONG, Ken
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PAGANO, Carlo
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HEWITT, Sally
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SMITH, Leona
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VISA, Moti
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LOH, David
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van der CRAATS, Anthony

Lord Mayor: How-To-Vote

For Melbourne City Council – 9 City wide Councillors How-to-vote click here  

Below is our recommendation on How to Vote for the Lord Mayor – “Leadership Team” ballot.


Brian Shanahan


Judy Katz

2 FORWARD TOGETHER

  RANKIN, Keith   Lord Mayor

  HAN, Grace   Deputy Lord Mayor

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SHANAHAN CHAMBERLIN FOR MELBOURNE


  SHANAHAN, Brian   Lord Mayor

  KATZ, Judy   Deputy Lord Mayor
3 TEAM DOYLE

  DOYLE, Robert   Lord Mayor

  RILEY, Susan   Deputy Lord Mayor
4 MORGAN ELLIOTT – PROSPERITY FOR LIVEABILITY

  MORGAN, Gary   Lord Mayor

  ELLIOTT, John D.   Deputy Lord Mayor
5 OUR MELBOURNE

  NOLTE, David   Lord Mayor

  PAGLIANITI, Connie   Deputy Lord Mayor
Finish here –> 9 THE GREENS

  PARKES, Alison   Lord Mayor

  COLLIS, David   Deputy Lord Mayor
8 GARY SINGER – JOHN SO MELBOURNE LIVING

  SINGER, Gary   Lord Mayor

  SO, John   Deputy Lord Mayor
7 COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

  AHMED, Berhan   Lord Mayor

  LU, Sunny   Deputy Lord Mayor
6 PUT PUBLIC FIRST

  TOSCANO, Joseph   Lord Mayor

  ELY, Jean   Deputy Lord Mayor