About Local Government Elections at the City of Belmont
The City of Belmont Council comprises nine Councillors elected to serve the three wards of the City. The Mayor is elected by Councillors after each biennial election.
Local Government Ordinary Elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October. At each biennial election half of the City of Belmont Councillors are elected for terms of four years.
Four Councillors were elected in October 2015 for terms ending in 2019, and five Councillors were elected in October 2017 for terms ending in October 2021.
The results from the 2017 Ordinary Election can be found here.
The next Local Government Ordinary Election is scheduled for 19 October 2019.
Extraordinary Elections are held between ordinary elections where necessary under section 2.32 of the Local Government Act 1995.
Voting Method and Count
Elections in the City of Belmont are conducted by the Western Australian Electoral Commission using the postal voting method. The Western Australian Electoral Commission appoints an independent Returning Officer to oversee the election, including the acceptance candidate nominations during the eight day nomination period and supervising the count on election night.
Election packages are posted to all electors on the roll about three weeks before election day. The packages can be returned by mail or hand delivered and placed in a sealed ballot box at the City of Belmont Civic Centre, 215 Wright Street Cloverdale, up until 6pm on election day.
The count takes place on election night as soon as possible after the close of polling. Where possible results are made available later that evening, with official notice being given as soon as practicable following the election.
The ‘first past the post’ system is used for Local Government Elections, in which electors indicate the candidate, or candidates, of their choice by placing a tick in the box opposite the names of the chosen persons, up to the number of vacancies to be filled, with candidates being elected in order of the number of votes they receive.
Who is entitled to vote?
The roll for an election consists of:
1. City of Belmont residents roll – this roll comprises individuals who live in the City of Belmont electorate and who are enrolled on the State or Commonwealth Electoral Roll;
If you are a resident and are already correctly enrolled on the State or Commonwealth Electoral roll, you are automatically enrolled to vote in Local Government Elections.
You can confirm your enrolment status online at the Western Australian Electoral Commission by following this link: Check your enrolment here.
The Western Australian Electoral Commission can be contacted on 13 63 06.
2. City of Belmont non-resident owners and occupiers roll – this comprises of individuals who own (but do not reside in) or occupy rateable property in the City and of individuals nominated by companies that own or occupy rateable property in the City, and have been accepted as an elector after completing Form 2 – Enrolment Eligibility Claim.
Looking for more information?
Information on Local Government enrolment can be found on the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.
Election results for prior years can also be found on the Western Australian Electoral Commission website.
If you have any further queries, please call 9477 7211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org