Baby boomers: Nomination errors say council candidates are too young to vote

YOUNG GUN: The youngest election candidate, Anwen Carney, 21, at the Greens party launch with Joe Maric. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

YOUNG GUN: The youngest election candidate, Anwen Carney, 21, at the Greens party launch with Joe Maric. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

A council election candidate has stated on his nomination form he will not be born until after the September 9 election.

And two others have stated they were born this month.

Cabonne council candidate Duncan Brakell listed his birth date as October 27 2017 – which is seven weeks after the election.

In Orange, councillors Glenn Taylor and Reg Kidd, wrote the dates August 7 and 8, 2017, where they were asked for their birth dates.

It means they will be just 32 and 33 days old when Orange votes.

The nomination forms filled out by the record 88 candidates standing for the Orange council election also reveal that nearly as many women [38] are standing for this election as the entire field [45] at the last election in 2012.

Just eight women stood in 2012 and none were elected.

Apart from Greens party and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party candidates several independent candidates have also listed that they are members of political parties.

Several are members of the Labor party or the Nationals while one, Cr Scott Munro, said he was a member of the Australian Conservative party.

Only one candidate, Cr Chris Gryllis, has said he was a developer, although Cr Kidd incorrectly ticked the developer box.

Not all candidates have listed their ages but of those who did Cr Ron Gander, 74, is the oldest, while Greens candidate and university student Anwen Carney, 21, is the youngest.

This year’s election will see the first ticket headed by an indigenous person.

Gerald Power is leading his own ticket in a bid to become Orange’s first indigenous councillor.

Of the 15 people standing for the Cabonne election only four are women.

Of those who listed their birth dates Derek Johnson, 76, is the oldest while Jamie Jones is the youngest at 29.

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