The New South Wales Electoral Commission will run an information seminar for candidates contesting the Richmond Valley Council by-election in March.

The seminar, to be held at Casino on Monday, 2 February, will outline a candidate’s obligations and legal responsibilities during the election process.

“Becoming an elected councillor is a high-profile community role that carries important responsibilities,” said NSW Electoral Commissioner Colin Barry.

“Elections operate in a highly legal environment and it is important that candidates know what their obligations are.
 
“An important part of the seminar is to provide information about the nomination process, registering how-to-vote material and declaring any political donations or campaign expenditure.”

The event, modelled on a successful seminar series used during the September local government elections, will be held at the Richmond Valley Council chambers, corner Walker Street and Graham Place, Casino, on Monday, 2 February at 5pm.

It is expected to run for approximately 90 minutes.

Candidates considering standing for the Richmond Valley Council by-election must be correctly enrolled. The roll will close on 2 February at 6pm.

“Anyone who has changed address since the last council election should update their information before the closing date,” Mr Barry said.

Enrolment forms are available from any Australia Post outlet, can be downloaded from the NSWEC website (www.elections.nsw.gov.au), or by phoning the AEC on 13 23 26.

Nominations open on 28 January and close at noon on Wednesday, 11 February 2009.

Each candidate is required to lodge a nomination form and a $125 deposit with the local Returning Officer by the noon deadline.

A candidate information sheet, which will be published on the NSWEC website, must also be completed at nomination time.

Further information about local government elections is available at www.elections.nsw.gov.au