Posted by: Gregoryno6 | February 28, 2014

WA: WTF, AEC?

It’s kind of embarrassing that we look down our noses at the ‘democratic process’ observed in other lands when the Australian Electoral Commission is so sloppy that it can lose nearly 1,400 votes.

The Senate result in Western Australia has been contested since counting finished last September. The AEC finally admitted that the ballot papers were gone with no hope of recovery, and today a new election was declared for the west on April 5.

Commission head Ed Killestyn and local boss Peter Kramer both resigned this week.

Only those candidates who stood in the original election are qualified to run again. This might seem an obvious point – but reports previous to the announcement implied that the field would be wide open to any comers.

The result of course will be altered by the overall results in the main election. The question is, how will it be different?

The original breakdown gave the Liberals 3 seats and one apiece to Labor, the Greens, and the Australian Sports Party. The inconscionable hypocrisy of the LabGreen axis in Opposition over the illegal boat arrivals and other policies generally has left many voters shaking their heads in disbelief.

The Circus of Ineptitude has learnt nothing from its long list of disastrous moves during its six years on the Treasury benches. On the other hand, the voters may be unwilling to give the Libs control of the Senate. Australians have long taken perverse delight in giving one party control in the House of Representatives but tying its hands in the upper house.

April 6 is going to be a very interesting day for all of us, one way or the other.

Assuming those AEC dipsticks can get it right this time.

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