State Election to be contested by record numbers

State Election to be contested by record numbers

THE 2017 State Election is up and running and candidate nominations are now open until noon Friday, February 10.

Electoral Commissioner David Kerslake said a record number of registered political parties would contest the election.

“At the 2013 general election there were just seven registered parties; this has now increased to 16,” he said.

“No doubt there will be a corresponding significant increase in the number of candidates nominating at this election.”

Participation by electors is also likely to be at record levels, with almost 1.6 million electors now enrolled to vote.

“This is the highest enrolment level ever recorded, around 200,000 more than were eligible to vote in the 2013 State Election,” Mr Kerslake said.

However, the Electoral Commission is not stopping there and Mr Kerslake has called on all West Australians to check they are correctly enrolled.

Individual enrolment details can be checked and updated online at www.elections.wa.gov.au.

Enrolment forms are also available at local post offices.

The Electoral Roll closes at 6 pm on Thursday February 9.