Intending Candidate information

Representing your community as an Elected Member can be satisfying and rewarding.

The Local Government elections are coming up on 19 October and this is your chance to run for Council.

Information for candidates

Councillors are elected for a term of four years in Western Australia. Elections are held every two years for half of the council (four Elected Members), and candidates are elected using the first-past-the-post voting system.

Mayoral elections are held every four years.

This election the City will be electing the Mayor and five (5) Councillors, one from each of the five wards (Bannister, Beeliar. Beeloo, Mason, Nicholson).

Intending Candidates Seminar

Representing your community as an Elected Member can be satisfying and rewarding. If you are considering running as an Elected Member in this year’s upcoming election, don’t miss the seminar for Intending Candidates.

Date:         Thursday 22 August
Venue:       City of Canning Administration Function Room
                  1317 Albany Highway
                  Cannington
Time:         6pm - 9pm

 
If you are unable to attend the seminar, a video recording will be available for you to view on our website. 

Nominating to become an Elected Member

Candidates wanting to nominate to become an Elected Member can refer to the Local Government Candidates information on the Western Australian Electoral Commission’s website for key information and assistance with successful nomination applications.

The Candidate’s Pack also includes useful guides produced by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Electors who wish to nominate as a candidate in a Local Government election must complete a valid nomination application and present it to the Returning Officer before nominations close.

Nominations open on Thursday 5 September 2019 and close at 4pm on Thursday 12 September 2019.

Electoral gifts

Under Part 5A of the Local Government (Elections) Regulations 1997 a candidate in a Local Government election must disclose gifts received relating to their candidacy to the CEO of the Local Government for which they are standing.

A gift is defined specifically in Regulation 30A but in general terms means the gifting of property, money or other financial benefit from one person or organisation to a candidate. There are additionally a number of gifts that are excluded from the need for disclosure such as those from relatives, volunteer hours or that are not related to standing as a candidate.

As a general guide an election gift, is a gift that is given to a candidate for election, because they are standing for election and is worth $200 or more (whether once off or cumulatively) and includes in addition to money any form of discount, hospitality or item. For advice on if a gift received would be an election gift please do not hesitate to contact the City of Canning for advice.

For the 2019 City of Canning General Elections the period in which a gift is an electoral gift commences on 19 April 2019 and will conclude three days following the election on 22 October 2019. Any gift given whether accepted or declined in this period must be disclosed.
Gifts must be disclosed within three days of nominating as a candidate for an election and once a candidate within three days of receiving a gift.
 A gift cannot be accepted from an anonymous donor under any circumstances and you must have a donors name and address.
For election gifts both the donor and the candidate must disclose the gift. Failure to disclose a gift by either party may result in a fine.
If you intend to be a candidate in the forthcoming election it is recommended that you keep a record of your potential electoral gifts from 19 April 2019 to assist you in declaring your gifts following nominations.

The form for declaring electoral gifts can be found here or sourced from the City

For any queries or to submit disclosure forms or other election issues please email customer@canning.wa.gov.au with your email for the attention of Governance.