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Robinvale Ward Already Decided Upon Ballot Release

Jade Benham will be the new Swan Hill Rural City Councillor for the Robinvale ward, after being the only nominee for the vacant by-election position left by John Katis.

The Victorian Electoral Commission announced the ballots at 5:10pm today, with Ms Benham set to be officially declared elected this Friday at the Robinvale Resource Centre.

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The Murray-Mallee Ward however will head to an election, with three candidates in Nicole McKay, Ron Stanton and Allen Ridgeway set to contest the seat left vacant by Gary Norton.

Eligible voters will now begin receiving voting packs via mail, with all votes to be posted and received by 6pm on Friday March 29.

Candidate statements and responses to a questionnaire about their background and qualifications will be available online at vec.vic.gov.au from Monday 4 March.

Returning Officer Colin Riley advises voters to vote well ahead of the closing time.

‘You need to post or hand-deliver your completed ballot papers by the deadline to make your vote count,’ said Mr Riley.

‘Local mail clearance times may be earlier than the close of voting, so don’t leave it to the last minute.’

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