Lismore and Byron Bay are among regional centres chosen by the New South Wales Electoral Commission (NSWEC) to host information seminars for candidates considering standing at the September local council elections.

The free seminars are being held at Lismore on May 30 and at Byron Bay on May 31. Seminars are being held at 22 regional centres in NSW.

Some 5000 candidates are expected to contest more than 350 individual elections in 149 council areas across the State on Saturday, September 13.

“This is an initiative to ensure candidates standing for local government are fully aware of their obligations and responsibilities under the law,” said NSW Electoral Commissioner Colin Barry.

“Anyone thinking of becoming a councillor is encouraged to attend a seminar to learn first-hand about the electoral process, including how to nominate, form groups, register how-to-vote material and declare donations.

“The public expects high-quality, informed candidates to stand for local council, so we are also urging current councillors who intend to run again to brush up on the electoral laws.”

The NSWEC says it will put in place robust arrangements to ensure all the administrative functions of the local council elections are consistent across the State and conducted to the same high standard as at State and Federal elections.

In addition to the seminars, the commission has established a 1300 help desk number for candidates and an elector inquiry centre will open for general enquiries in mid June.

More information on the candidate information sessions is available at www.elections.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1300 135 736.