2005 South Metropolitan Region Re-count
On 1 February 2005, the Acting Electoral Commissioner was informed by His Excellency the Governor that the Hon. James Alan Scott MLC, Member for the South Metropolitan Region, had resigned and his position had subsequently become vacant. The vacancy was advertised in accordance with section 156C (1) (a) on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 February 2005 in The West Australian and The Sunday Times newspapers. Nominations for the vacancy closed at 12 noon on Tuesday 15 February 2005. At the close of nominations the Acting Electoral Commissioner had received four formal nominations from qualified persons. The candidates (in ballot paper order) were:
|TOWNSHEND, Pamela Lesley||DEMOCRATS|
|MacLAREN, Lynn Ellen||Greens (WA)|
|FINNEY, Richard Vaughan|
Accordingly, the only candidates who could be declared elected at the re-count were the four who nominated in the prescribed manner set out in section 156C and regulation 25 of the Electoral Act 1907. Under the provisions of section 156D of the Act a full re-count of all ballot papers cast in the most recent Legislative Council election, on 10 February 2001, commenced after the close of nominations on Tuesday 15 February 2005.
The count was conducted pursuant to Schedule 1 of the Act. As votes at the 2001 State General Election were counted electronically using a software program, a re-count was required to be conducted in the same manner pursuant to section 156D(4) of the Electoral Act 1907, having regard for the exclusion of the Hon. James Alan Scott.
On completion of the count, the Acting Electoral Commissioner declared Lynn Ellen MacLaren to be elected as the member of the Legislative Council for the South Metropolitan Region.