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Candidate's name on the ballot paper
A candidate’s surname will appear on the ballot paper spelled exactly as enrolled.
Candidates are permitted to have their given name on the ballot paper as follows:
the name (or names) in full
an initial standing for that given name
a commonly accepted variation of that given name, including an abbreviation or truncation (for example, Ally for Alison, Bob for Robert, etc.)
candidates with hyphenated given names will appear as they are enrolled unless they request only one of those given names be shown, or
a commonly used other name specific to the candidate by which the candidate is usually identified. In this case the Electoral Commissioner must be satisfied that the candidate is usually identified by the proposed name. In such cases this commonly used other name will appear in brackets on the ballot paper e.g. SMITH, Greg (Curly).
No titles, such as Dr for Doctor or JP for Justice of the Peace, or honorifics, are permitted on the ballot paper.
Candidates nominated by a registered political party
Where eligible, Legislative Council candidates nominated by registered political parties will have the registered name of the party (or its registered abbreviation) printed on the ballot paper below their name and below the group voting square (if applicable).
Candidates nominated by 25 electors
Legislative Council candidates nominated by 25 electors who form a group cannot have the word ‘Independent’ printed on the ballot paper below their name and below the group voting square (if applicable).
Legislative Council candidates nominated by 25 electors who are ungrouped (i.e., candidates who appear in the far right column(s) on the Legislative Council ballot paper) may choose to have either the word ‘Independent’ printed below their name on the ballot paper, or nothing printed below their name on the ballot paper. The preferred format must be indicated on the nomination form.
Ballot paper draw
The draw to determine the order of groups and ungrouped candidates’ names on the ballot paper for the Legislative Council will commence at 10am, Thursday, 9 March 2023, the day after the close of nominations.
Candidates or their representatives, registered political parties, media and any member of the public are welcome to attend the draw.
The draw is undertaken as two separate draws.
The first draw for position on the ballot paper is for groups. The first group drawn will be ‘Group A’, the second ‘Group B’ and so on and will appear across the ballot paper from left to right.
The second draw is for the order of ungrouped candidates who are listed in the far right column(s) of the ballot paper.