A WEEK out from the local government election, City of Kalamunda’s mayor is calling for evidence proper processes were followed before ruling former Liberal MP Alyssa Hayden eligible to run for council.
Mrs Hayden is one of 13 candidates running in the North ward.
The Bayswater resident has leased a commercial premise on Barber Street in Kalamunda.
Mayor Andrew Waddell said City chief executive Rhonda Hardy needed to make public the reasons behind her decision to rule Mrs Hayden eligible.
“I think some serious questions need to be answered, including why the CEO has not made a register of her decisions in relation to this matter public,” he said.
“We need to know what the basis was for enrolling Mrs Hayden when she is not a resident, has never paid rates to Kalamunda and does not appear to run any business within our community.
“There are multiple ways a non-resident can enrol, however there are tests that need to be done to determine their eligibility.
“The lack of transparency by the City makes it difficult to determine if the proper due diligence was performed.”
Mrs Hayden said her application was approved and accepted by the City and the WA Electoral Commission (WAEC).
“I flagged with them at the time that I needed my application to go through the highest scrutiny before being approved as I was certain questions would be asked,” she said.
“I regard myself as a professional and upstanding person, and know I have done everything correctly.
“I have every intention of growing my business and being a part of Kalamunda’s business community and lifestyle regardless of the election results.
“I have a dream to grow the tourism potential of this region and have chosen Kalamunda as my central point to do this.”
Mrs Hayden said she was disappointed aspersions had been cast on her candidacy.
“It is time councillors lifted their game and got out of the gutter and perform their duty as elected by the ratepayers, not waste their time and the City’s resources on dirty, underhanded, childish games,” she said.
“I have a binding commercial lease without an end date, as part of my lease agreement and although my lease documentation is not required as evidence, the CEO has sighted and viewed my documentation.”
Mrs Hardy said she was satisfied Mrs Hayden’s enrolment eligibility claim met the requirements of the Local Government Act.
“The enrolment eligibility claim was assessed and determined in accordance with section 4.32 of the Local Government Act,” she said.
A WAEC spokesman said under the Act the City did not have the power to withdraw Mrs Hayden’s nomination.
“Once an election is underway, with nominations having been accepted and ballot papers produced and circulated, the Electoral Commissioner and the Returning Officer do not have the power under the Local Government Act 1995 to stop it or make changes mid-stream,” he said.
“The statutory process is, anyone dissatisfied for whatever reason with the result of an election once it has been declared, may lodge a complaint with a court of disputed returns.”
However Cr Waddell said there were provisions in the Local Government Act for the chief executive to make a declaration of ineligibility if it was discovered a candidate was not eligible.