New Group Joins Fight for Electoral Justice
Group’s new website documents irregularities in Australian elections
1370 lost WA ballot papers are “tip of the iceberg” – reforms overdue
Demands for a “new AEC” to manage Federal ballots
Royal Commission into current AEC a “must”
Newly-formed Australians for Honest Elections Inc. (AFHE), demands overhaul of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) following what the group says is the latest example of severely-flawed processes resulting in a costly new Senate election in WA.
“The loss of 1,370 WA Senate ballot papers by and within the AEC is merely the ‘tip of the iceberg’. Our new website [www.afhe.org.au] describes many ‘irregularities’ going back as far as 1987,” said Lex Stewart, President of Australians for Honest Elections Inc.
“We join many others with grave concerns about the integrity and honesty of Australia’s voting procedures, including the lack of effective identification of voters when ballot papers are issued.”
“Clive Palmer MP identified some of the many problems with the AEC and voting systems in his speech to the National Press Club on 12 February. Information published so far on our website amplifies his concerns,” said Mr Stewart.
Australians For Honest Elections Inc., a NON-party-political research think-tank, seeks thorough public scrutiny of corruptions in the electoral system. Video clips on the group’s website recall specific cases of voting irregularities around Australia.
‘Whistle-blowers’ are providing us with evidence of irregularities in support of our demand for a Royal Commission into the Australian Electoral Commission itself. In the meantime, we call on this Abbott government to ‘bite the bullet’ on urgent electoral reform starting with closing the loopholes in the Commonwealth Electoral Act, and the return to electoral procedures in place before the AEC was created in 1983,” said Mr Stewart.
“Our criticisms of the Electoral Act and the AEC are backed up on the AFHE website by practical Recommended Actions for restoring integrity and honesty to Australian elections.”
Contact: Lex Stewart, President, Australians for Honest Elections Inc.
0424 077 746 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.afhe.org.au