Electoral Commission SA
has informed us of an error that was made in their ballot counting process in the recent Local Government election. This error has resulted in Adrian Wotton being incorrectly elected to the Outer Harbor ward ahead of former councillor, Peter Jamieson.
According to results on the Electoral Commission of SA website, Mr Wotton received 1,147 first preference votes and Mr Jamieson 702, however the Electoral Commission has since advised that due to a “human error” in the ballot counting process, more than 500 votes were allocated to the wrong candidate.
The Electoral Commission has also adjusted the count and advised Mr Jamieson of his right to petition the Court of Disputed Returns, to dispute the validity of the result, and he has indicated that he would. They have also contacted Mr Wotton, who has decided to withdraw from official Council meetings until a decision is handed down.
In a letter to our CEO, Mark Withers, Electoral Commissioner Mick Sherry said it is a “deeply regrettable” error, and that processes are being reviewed to ensure an error such as this, does not occur in the future.