Statement from the Australian Electoral Commission regarding enrolment deadlines for the 2007 federal election

14 October 2007

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) unfortunately provided incorrect advice to the Prime Minister that Monday 22 October 2007 was the date for close of rolls, for a writ issued on Wednesday 17 October.

In further checks today the AEC has identified a public holiday (Show Day) on Flinders Island (Tasmania).  As this is a full day official public holiday it necessitates that the close of rolls deadline be moved a day to 8pm Tuesday 23 October 2007. 

The AEC has written to the Prime Minister this afternoon to apologise for this error.

If you are not on the electoral roll and you are an Australian citizen 18 years of age and over, you must complete an enrolment form and return it to the AEC by 8pm Wednesday 17 October 2007.

If you are already on the roll but need to update your address details, you must do this by 8pm Tuesday 23 October 2007.

The AEC's television advertising campaign commences this evening and will publicise the enrolment deadlines through to end of the close of rolls period.

For further information on enrolment deadlines and the 2007 federal election timetable, visit www.aec.gov.au.

Media contacts:
Phil Diak
Director Media and Communication Strategy
Ph. (02) 6271 4415
Mobile: 0413 452 539

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