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George Barcha, Labor’s Mayoral Candidate for Fairfield has called for the upcoming Local
Government Elections in September to be postponed due to the escalating COVID-19 situation in south-west Sydney.
Mr Barcha called on the Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock, the NSW Electoral Commission and Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer to adhere to commonsense and announce a postponement of Council Elections in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool.
“Our first priority right now should be people’s safety, not election campaigns,” Mr Barcha
“An election involves almost everyone being out in the community, in very close proximity to each other. In these current times it is very risky.
“For the same reason that some people are not allowed to go to work and make a living, the
fairest and most democratic thing to do is to postpone the Council elections.
“We can then focus on getting everyone vaccinated, and not put people at further risk by
forcing people to come out on election day.
Mr Barcha said that no-one wants an election booth to become a super-spreader event and
that a postponement would allow candidates to get amongst their community safely.
“A postponement keeps everyone on equal footing and is the fairest and safest thing to do.
“The State Government was too slow to act at the start of this current Delta variant cluster,
I’m calling on the Premier to make sure they don’t make the same mistake again.
“To keep the election process democratic and safe the election must be postponed.”