Kimba Mayor Dean Johnson has shot down a report in today’s Advertiser that claims some 100 councilors around the state won their positions at the recent local government elections with fewer than 100 votes.
The article, penned by Advertiser journalist Caleb Bond, was run in today's paper with the headline “Lucky Country, bush councilors elected with handful of votes".
The article also quotes Daniel Gannon from the Property Council of South Australia who was quoted by Mr. Bond as saying that the election numbers proved the system was broken and needs to be fixed urgently.
Mayor Johnson took to the Kimba Council Facebook page this morning to reply to the story.
Mayor Johnson stated in his reply what Mr. Bond failed to identify in his story was the figures quoted in his story were first preference votes and do not take into account preferences.
“Having a number one beside your name means little in most cases other than the first across the line” said Mayor Johnson.
The district Council of Kimba had highest turnout of voters in the state at the recent Council elections with 80.02 per cent of eligible electors returning their ballots.
That turnout is almost two-and-a-half times the South Australian average.
“When it comes to facts and figures, context and understanding are everything, and I think the statistics stacks up that South Australia’s regional and remote councils are kicking plenty of goals for the communities they represent” said Mayor Johnson.
“The 25 top ballot paper returns in the recent election were all over 50 per cent, and were all regional councils”.
“When you are allegedly speaking on behalf of all South Australians, perspective should go a lot further than Gepps Cross”.