Mayor urges Bligh to leave March alone

BUNDABERG Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch is urging the Premier to leave March alone for a state election, to help the upcoming council elections run as smoothly as possible.

Cr Pyefinch said with council elections scheduled for March 31, a state election campaign running at the same time could confuse the issue.

"We need four clear weeks," she said.

"That will help make sure the two campaigns don't trip over one another.

"The voters would be confused about which issue is which."

Cr Pyefinch was also concerned a state election running close to the council elections would mean the Electoral Commission of Queensland would be even more stretched for resources.

"I remember last time it took about two weeks for us to find out a result because the commission did not have enough resources," she said.

Cr Pyefinch's calls came after the Local Government Association of Queensland president Paul Bell pushed Premier Anna Bligh to clearly rule out a mid-March date for the election.

"Having two polls so close together is anything but a slight complication," said Cr Bell.

"In all likelihood the local government campaigns will get swamped."

He said local government deserved more respect and dual election campaigns would see voters going to the polls uninformed.

"Candidates in local government deserve every opportunity to get their messages heard - not to have them buried," he said.



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