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Background:
The Local Government Act 1989 (the Act) requires all councils to adopt and maintain an election period policy which sets out standards for how Council business will be conducted in the 32 days leading up to the 2016 local government elections (‘the election period’).

Section 93B of the Act is a new section which provides that an election period policy is required, including:
a) procedures intended to prevent the Council from making inappropiate decisions or using resources inappropiately during the election period;
b) limits on public consultation and the scheduling of Council events; and
c) procedures to ensure that access to information held by Council is made equally available and accessbile to candidates during the election.

Purpose:
The purpose of the Caretaker Policy is to ensure that the ordinary business of local government for Hindmarsh Shire Council continues throughout the election period in a responsible and transparent manner, and in accordance with statutory requirements. The Policy is intended to assure the community that Council elections are conducted in a manner that is ethical, fair and equitable, and are publically perceived as such. It will also serve to avoid actions and decisions being made during the election period that may be interpreted as influencing voters or binding an incoming council.


 


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