An unsuccessful mayoral candidate fought a two-year courtroom battle claiming he was deprived on the polls as a result of he inspired supporters to not vote in individual because of the COVID-19 danger.
The one-time political hopeful challenged the Electoral Fee of Queensland and the profitable candidate, incumbent Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, in April 2020, and his case was nonetheless being handled this week.
Donald James Innes misplaced the 2020 mayoral race to Jamieson, who can be the chairman of the Native Authorities Affiliation of Queensland, by greater than 65,000 votes.
In accordance with courtroom paperwork, Innes claimed the election was not “truthful for all” as he had been promised.
“On the coronary heart of Mr Innes’ utility is his perception that the election should have been postponed due to the well being danger to voters of COVID-19,” the paperwork state.
“Though each candidate for mayor of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council confronted the identical challenges thrown up by the pandemic, Mr Innes contends that solely he responded to it responsibly, together with by trying to dissuade voters from voting, to his drawback.
“Due to COVID-19, Mr Innes altered his marketing campaign technique and suggested his ‘supporters and electors alike’ that they may not be compulsorily compelled to vote in individual.”
Innes filed a Supreme Courtroom utility disputing Jamieson’s election win, nevertheless it was dismissed in September 2020.