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Additional employees will be needed for the elections on top of 25,000 already required

Digby Werthmuller

The Electoral Committee needs to employ an additional number of staff on top of the 25,000 required, if there’s to be an increased number of voting stations made available for this year's election.

Physical distancing is one of the things the Electoral Committee are looking into with the elections in September to ensure cueing at polling stations isn’t an issue.

Chief Electoral Officer, Alicia Wright, says minimising cues keep our voters safe, and that’s what they need to be thinking about.

“We want to ensure when people walk into the voting place, they’re walking in without a cue.”

More voting stations means more staff and Wright says they’re shifting a lot of the extensive and intensive training towards e-learning.

All of which could provide an improved service going forward.