Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Inquiry launched in election website issues

An Inquiry is being launched into the Electoral Commission of Queensland’s online publication of the votes cast in the 2020 local government election and the Currumbin and Bundamba by-elections.

Members of the Queensland Parliament referred the ECQ’s online results publication to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on April 22.

Written submissions to the Inquiry are due by midday on Monday (May 11).

State Member for Scenic Rim, Jon Krause, is encouraging people to make a submission.

“The Inquiry stems from the fact there was serious issues with ECQ website on the night in relation to updating of votes,” Mr Krause said.

“It is a basic function of ECQ to run elections and give results to the public in a timely manner.”

And he says it’s not just about election night performance.

“It’s now six weeks after the election and as far as I can tell there is still no information on how each booth voted.

“I would have thought this was a basic function of the ECQ to see how their community voted compared to others.

“It’s a step backwards compared previous years.”

In the 2017 state and 2016 local government election, breakdowns were published sooner than in the 2020 elections.

“It’s concerning the way things have gone in terms of lack of information provided to the public,” Mr Krause said.

“After the 2016 election there were delays, and the Opposition called for an Inquiry then but the government didn't back it.

He said the people of towns such as Boonah and Beaudesert still don’t know how their townships voted.

“Many members of the public would question the efficiency of ECQ, when elections were run by the individual councils, the results were available in a timely manner.

“That is not the case at the moment”

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee is due to table the report on June 2.