The nomination process
Nominations for the 2010 House of Assembly elections are now closed
In order to stand for election a person must be nominated as a candidate.
Who can be nominated?
To be elected as a Member of the House of Assembly, a person:
A person is ineligible to be nominated as a candidate for an Assembly election if he or she is:
- a member of the Legislative Council; or
- a candidate for election in another division of either House for which the writ has not been returned; or
- a member of the Parliament of the Commonwealth.
How is a candidate nominated?
There are three ways a person can be nominated as a candidate at a House of Assembly election:
Go to nomination information for further details on each nomination application form.
Lodging candidate nomination
The nomination form must be received before noon on the day the nomination period closes. All candidate nominations must include a $400 nomination deposit.
The nomination period for the 2010 House of Assembly elections closes at 12 noon Thursday 4 March.
The $400 nomination deposit is refunded to candidates who:
withdraw their nomination before 12 noon on nomination day,
die before polling day,
are elected, or
obtain votes equaling one fifth of the quota, at any stage in the scrutiny.
At the 2006 election, approximately 2 000 votes were required to receive a refund.
How to begin the nomination process
If you wish to be nominated as a candidate, you should first carefully read the TEC’s Information for Candidates booklet and the nomination forms page on the TEC website. You should also consult the Electoral Act 2004.
Announcement of candidates
At 12 noon on the day following the close of nominations, the names of the candidate contesting the election are officially announced.
Once the candidates have been announced, the draws for positions on the ballot paper are undertaken.
The order of the candidate names are rotated for all Tasmanian parliamentary and local government ballot papers. This is to ensure that preferred positions on the ballot paper are shared equally between all candidates.
At a House of Assembly election, the ballot paper draw occurs in two stages:
The first draw is to determine the position of each party and group across the ballot paper. Once this has been completed there is a separate draw for the first rotation of the candidates within each candidate and group.
A full list of candidates for the House of Assembly elections is published as full-page advertisements in The Advocate, The Examiner and The Mercury a few days after the announcement of candidates. The list of candidates shows the party columns in the order they will appear on the ballot papers, with candidate names shown in alphabetical order.
After the ballot draws have been completed, ballots papers can be produced for pre-poll, postal and express voting.
Polling and the tally
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