Federal election 2019: AEC rules Liberal volunteer at aged care home did not breach any rules
Updated May 08, 2019 18:28:16
The Australian Electoral Commission has found a Liberal Party volunteer who helped residents of a Melbourne nursing home to vote at a mobile polling booth did nothing wrong.
Ian Smith, whose 96-year-old mother has dementia, said he was shocked yesterday to see a Liberal Party volunteer enter the temporary booth to assist at least a dozen residents to fill out their Senate ballot papers.
The Victorian manager of the Australian Electoral Commission, Steve Kennedy, said while party campaign workers were not allowed within six metres of a polling booth, this did not apply to mobile booths, such as at nursing homes, and the rules allowed party volunteers to assist voters in such circumstances.
Mr Kennedy initially told ABC Radio Melbourne he believed the incident should not have transpired and committed to investigate.
He later said the investigation had concluded no wrongdoing had occurred, and no further action would be taken.
“There has been no breach of the Commonwealth Electoral Act,” he said.
The aged care home, in Kew in Melbourne’s inner-east, sits within federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s electorate of Kooyong.
Mr Frydenberg is fighting to hold onto his seat against two high-profile challengers in Greens candidate Julian Burnside and independent Oliver Yates.
Mr Smith said he had been a member of the Labor Party in the 1970s but was no longer a member of any political party.
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First posted May 08, 2019 14:41:16