This decision will alleviate difficulties of sorting out the dummy from the genuine candidates.
Ms Peulich said that leaving out Clause 38 will discourage candidates, with no serious intention of winning, from running as they would now have to distribute their own materials by letterbox, or through social media.
In the 2012 election, Kingston’s Central Ward had 28 candidates and South Ward had 14. Numerous dummy candidates filled ballot papers to funnel votes to serious candidates in a bid to gain control of council.
“This dishonest practice has proved not to be a great celebration of democracy, but an unfair and unethical arrangement for the residents of Kingston,” Ms Peulich said.
The 2014 Petro Georgiou local government review recommended how-to-vote cars be removed from voting packs distributed to the electorate.
“The Andrews Labor government has chosen not to confront the army of dummy candidates in the Lower House because most of their own people are probably up to their necks in it,” Ms Peulich said.
“How-to-vote cards should not be distributed by VEC electoral officials, but rather be the responsibility of individual candidates.”
It is worth noting that no other Australian jurisdiction allows the inclusion of candidate preferences in how-to-vote cards in postal electoral packs.
“The Liberal National Coalition is determined to deliver the highest levels of transparency for Kingston voters, and expects bipartisan support from the Andrews Labor government,” Ms Peulich said.