Amanda Bown

Election Results - NSW local govt elections 2008

WELL, the campaigning is done, the ballot boxes are closed, and the votes are being counted. Now all that's left is to find out who won.

The New South Wales Electoral Commission conducted more than 300 individual elections in 223 wards and 86 undivided council areas.

The poll also included 29 mayoral elections.

Here are the preliminary results from the local elections from around the Coffs Coast and Northern Rivers regions.

Lismore City Council mayoral election


Source: www.elections.nsw.gov.au

Detailed results from the Lismore City Council election.

Ballina Shire Council mayoral election


Source: www.elections.nsw.gov.au

Detailed results from the Ballina Shire Council election.

Byron Shire Council mayoral election



Source: www.elections.nsw.gov.au

Detailed results from the Byron Shire Council election.

Richmond Valley Council mayoral election


Source: www.elections.nsw.gov.au

Detailed results from the Richmond Valley Council election.

Coffs Harbour City Council mayoral election


Source: www.elections.nsw.gov.au

Detailed results from the Coffs Harbour City Council election.

Bellingen Shire Council mayoral election


Source: www.elections.nsw.gov.au

Detailed results from the Bellingen Shire Council election.

Nambucca Shire Council mayoral election


Source: www.elections.nsw.gov.au

Detailed results from the Nambucca Shire Council election.

Clarence Valley Council election

Kyogle Shire Council election


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How votes are counted:

Two different methods of counting votes are involved in the local government elections.

Voting for mayors is carried out using the optional preferential system.

To be elected mayoral candidates need 50 per cent of the vote plus one.If no candidate achieves this, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is excluded and his or her preferences distributed.

This process is continued until a winner emerges.

But the counting of votes for councillors is carried out using the proportional preferential system.

To be elected, councillors need to gain a quota of the formal votes cast.

This quota is set as the total number of formal votes cast divided by the number of councillors to be elected, plus one extra councillor.

For example, if the total number of formal votes cast was 30,000 and eight councillors were to be elected, the quota number would be 30,000 divided by 9 = 3333.

Any candidate who achieves more than this number on first preferences is elected and has his or her surplus votes redistributed at a transfer value.

Once this inclusion process is completed and relevant votes are exhausted, counting moves to the exclusion process, which involves redistributing the preferences of those candidates with the smallest number of votes.


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