Big field for local government elections in Alice, candidates short in the bush

In Alice Springs, which has 14,239 eligible electors on the 2012 roll, there is keen participation in the local government elections on March 24, with five candidates vying for the position of Mayor and 15 for the eight positions of Councillor.
It’s different in the bush: In the Central Desert Shire, (2583 electors), the Akityarre and Northern Tanami wards had only as many nominations as vacancies.
In the Anmatjere Ward a supplementary election will be required to fill three remaining vacancies.
In the Southern Tanami Ward an election will be held on March 24, with six candidates for four positions.
In the MacDonnell Shire (3314 electors), the Iyarrka and Luritja Pintubi wards had only as many nominations as vacancies.
In the Rodinga Ward a supplementary election will be required to fill one remaining vacancy.
An election will be held for the Ljirapinta Ward, again with six candidates for four positions.
Candidates are:-
Alice Springs Town Council
For Mayor
RYAN, Damien; BROWN, Steve; MELKY, Eli; BITAR, Samih Habib; DOUGLAS, Dave.
For Councillor
PAECH, Chansey; DOUGLAS, Dave; DICK, Aaron; MARTIN, Liz; JEISMAN, Vince; MELKY, Eli; HEENAN, Brendan; KUDRENKO, Jade; BOOTH, Geoffrey; REID, John; CAMPBELL, Matt; LOGAN, Dianne; BITAR, Samih Habib; BROWN, Steve; BAXTER, Edan Ross.

 

Central Desert Shire
Elected unopposed:
Akityarre Ward – SCHABER, Louis; BIRD, Liz.
Anmatjere Ward – DIXON, Adrian. (A supplementary election is required to fill three remaining vacancies.)
Northern Tanami Ward – JOHNSON, William; PATRICK, Norbert.
Candidates for election in Southern Tanami Ward
WILSON, Georgina; MARTIN, Dianne; MARTIN, April Nangala; POULSON, Christopher; SPENCER, Jacob; ROBERTSON, Robert.

MacDonnell Shire
Elected Unopposed
Iyarrka Ward – KULITJA, Selina; ABBOTT, Marlene.
Luritja Pintubi Ward – NANGALA, Irene; ABBOTT, Lance; ANDERSON, Sid.
Rodinga Ward – SHARMAN, Greg; HOOSAN, Jacob; DOOLAN, Richard.  (A supplementary election is required to fill one remaining vacancy.)
Candidates for election in Ljirapinta Ward
KENNY, Roxanne Mary; INKAMALA, Mildred; ABBOTT, Barry; INKAMALA, Carl; WILLIAMS, Braydon; KENNY, Quinton.

PHOTO: The last time Alice Springs voted in a town council election was a year ago when Eli Melky was elected alderman in a by-election for one vacancy, contested by seven candidates.

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