PREPARE FOR A NEW ELECTION
... a recount won’t cut the mustard with this farce
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
What was that deal with the Greens again Mal?
Every political pundit is blithely ignoring the lead story out of this election. Thanks to the Australian Electoral Commission, up until this morning all voters have been given the wrong information on how to vote. If, as suggested, there has been some political interference that favours the Greens in these false instructions then it will be an even bigger lead story.
These are the AEC’s instructions as seen by all voters and strictly adhered to by scrutineers:
“Select numbers using the drop down fields contained within the boxes on the sample ballot paper below. When you believe you have completed a formal vote, click the 'check my ballot paper' button at the bottom of the ballot paper. To cast a formal Senate vote, you can choose to vote either above the line or below the line.
Above the line
“You must number at least 6 boxes for parties or groups in the order of your choice (with number 1 as your first choice). [note "must"]
Below the line
“You must number at least 12 boxes for individual candidates in the order of your choice (with number 1 as your first choice). [Note "must" again]
“You can number as many additional boxes as you choose when voting either above the line (i.e. more than six boxes) or below the line (i.e. more than twelve boxes)”.
The truth is, according to the legislation, you can number only one box if you wish or as many as you wish. See the legislation, http://pickeringpost.com/story/looks-like-the-electoral-office-has-stuffed-up-again-/6000
The truth is that you can even make a mistake and the ballot will be formal up until the mistake is made...ie boxes numbered 1, 2, 3, 5 will be a formal vote but only up to box 3. If you number boxes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, your vote is formal only up to the box numbered 4 (because scrutineers cannot know which of the two boxes numbered 5 were intended to be 5, or even 6.)
These are just a few of the incompetent AEC galahs
The AEC instructions are clearly wrong but they have knowingly continued to persist with them, despite having admitted they are wrong during multiple phone calls asking for clarification.
There are believable reports out of Western Sydney that the pre-poll informal vote has jumped from 6 per cent to over 20 per cent because scrutineers have been given false information by the AEC and have unknowingly misled voters who actually tried to vote formally.
Now, the pre-polls should be under lock and key and there should be no way that anyone could legally know the percentage of informal votes, but hey, this is Western Sydney, and there are bookies out there offering great odds of 6/1 and better if the informal votes reach above 7 per cent when a 20 per cent informal rate in many electorates is more than possible!
But here’s the nub, there have been millions of pre-poll votes already cast (perhaps a third of all eligible votes) and voting forms have been filled out under the false direction of the AEC.
These informal votes cannot now be re-counted as formal votes simply because the voter may have voted differently had he (she) been given the correct information in the first place.
The AEC informed all scrutineers of the correct way to vote only yesterday, one day before the Saturday polls, but it was too late, 30, maybe up to 40 per cent of votes have already been cast in many electorates and the informal vote count is through the roof.
So, all the many candidates who will have lost a seat by a margin of 20 per cent or less will rightly demand a recount. But what’s the point of a bloody recount when all those informal votes can’t be re-counted as formal? There is only one solution ... a new election!
But this time for God’s sake sack the disaster-prone AEC first! Because they were told by yours truly and others on a number of occasions that they were risking necessitating a new election if they continued to lie to the public.
They agreed without hesitation that their instructions were wrong yet they continued to knowingly mislead every single voter in Australia using expensive advertising campaigns.
Electoral Commissioner, ex-Army and number one AEC boss dickhead, said, “We’re supposed to provide a democratic service for all Australians and in my mind that’s getting to the stage where it’s difficult."
On the issue of changing the voting system for the Senate, Mr Rogers said, "The AEC would not allow itself to be used as either the reason to do or not to do reform". Hmmm... and we actually pay these blokes?
So don’t count your chickens later tonight, best to prepare for the massive shitfight that follows.