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The three local elections impacted by New South Wales’ iVote system failure last year have all been voided, the New South Wales Electoral Commission (NSWEC) said yesterday evening.
“The Electoral Commissioner regrets the inconvenience caused to these councils and their councillors, but he welcomes the resolution of the matter and will now commence preparations for fresh elections,” the NSWEC said in a statement.
The integrity of local elections in Kempsey, Singleton, and Shellharbour was put into doubt at the end of last year as some people in those councils were unable to cast their vote as the iVote system suffered a failure for a portion of the voting period.
This led to the NSWEC submitting an application to the state’s Supreme Court for the election bungle to be reviewed. After reviewing the elections, the NSW Supreme Court decided to void the three election outcomes, which now means people in those councils will have to recast their vote.
The re-election will use a separate system, as the NSWEC confirmed earlier this week that the iVote system will be parked until after next year’s state election as there is a lack of confidence it will be ready in