Australian Capital Territory tally room abandoned due to ‘security concerns’

June 17 2016

Christopher Knaus

Flag of the Australian Capital Territory

Electoral authorities say “security concerns” were behind a decision to abandon a tally room for the local ACT election in October.

The decision of the ABC to pull out of the tally room, and the decisions of others jurisdictions to abandon the concept also contributed to the decision, ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green told an estimates committee on Friday.

ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green.
ACT Electoral Commissioner Phil Green. Photo: Jay Cronan

“The thing that most gave us cause to decide it wouldn’t be a sensible thing to do to have a tally room was the security situation,” he said.

“The fact that there are people now in Western countries now, who are targeted by people with guns and bombs.

“Holding a public thing like the tally room we think is a very serious risk.”

 

Source : The Canberra Times

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