Candidates should be aware of the following electoral offences, which can carry serious penalties. Consult the Local Government Act 1989 and Candidate Handbooks for further and complete details of offences.
A person who is not qualified to be a candidate or is not capable of becoming a councillor must not submit a nomination.
A person making a written declaration as a candidate, scrutineer or voter or as a person submitting a how-to-vote card must not knowingly make a declaration that is false.
A person must not print, publish or distribute any electoral material that is likely to mislead or deceive voters in casting their vote.
A person must not print, publish or distribute an electoral advertisement handbill, pamphlet or notice unless the name and address of the person who authorised the material appears at its end. (The address cannot be a post office box.)
A person must not offer or invite any kind of bribe or inducement that may affect an election.
Any complaints should firstly be directed to the Returning Officer. If the complaint relates to the administration of the election, the Returning Officer or the Victorian Electoral Commission will handle the matter.
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