LGAQ takes swipe at ECQ

QUEENSLAND'S local government association has hit out at the state's electoral commission, labelling its performance in the recent council elections inadequate.

The Local Government Association of Queensland surveyed voters and councils about the Electoral Commission of Queensland's performance during the April council elections.

LGAQ president Paul Bell said the results of the survey showed the ECQ had "not risen adequately to the task of conducting the elections".

"Resourcing was poor, voter education at the local level failed to cut through and there was a lack of properly skilled returning officers on the ground," he said.

"All of this shows that taking local circumstances into account when conducting local elections is all important, and that is why councils are best placed to decide how their elections should be run."

The survey results formed part of a submission from the LGAQ to the state government calling for councils to have the power to run their own elections.

The ECQ released a statement saying it would not enter a public debate on the issue, and was preparing its independent report on the elections.

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