A general election for the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly will be held on Saturday, 17 October 2020. The election will be conducted by the ACT Electoral Commission.

The unicameral parliament uses the proportional Hare-Clark system to elect 25 members in five constituencies electing five members each.

At the preliminary close of rolls, there were 302,630 people enrolled to vote representing a 6% increase on the 2016 election; recent legislative changes in the Australian Capital Territory mean that people will be able to enrol until 17 October.[1]

Background

The incumbent Labor Party led by Chief Minister Andrew Barr is attempting to win re-election for a sixth term in the 25-member unicameral ACT Legislative Assembly. Labor formed a minority coalition government with the Greens after the 2016 election, with the Greens holding the balance of power; Labor 12 seats, Liberal 11 seats, Greens 2 seats. Greens member Shane Rattenbury remained in the cabinet for a second term. Leader of the Opposition and Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson was replaced by Alistair Coe following the election.

All members of the unicameral Assembly faced re-election, with members being elected by the Hare-Clark system of proportional representation. The Assembly is divided into five electorates with five members each:

Key Dates

  • Last day to lodge applications for party register: 30 June 2020
  • Party registration closed: 10 September 2020
  • Pre-election period commenced and nominations opened: 11 September 2020
  • Rolls close: 18 September 2020 (8pm)
  • Nominations close: 23 September 2020 (12pm)
  • Nominations declared and ballot paper order determined: 24 September 2020
  • Pre-poll voting commences: 28 September 2020
  • Polling day: 17 October 2020
  • Last day for receipt of postal votes: 23 October 2020[2]

Redistribution

A redistribution of electoral boundaries for the ACT took place in 2019 for the 2020 election. The redistribution committee was appointed on 26 October 2018, and its final report was tabled on 13 August 2019.[3]

Changes are as follows:[3]

Candidates

Registered parties

Sixteen parties are currently registered with the ACT Electoral Commission to run in the October 2020 election.[4]

Retiring Members

Liberal

Greens

Brindabella

Five seats are up for election.

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Greens candidates
 

Joy Burch
Cathy Day
Brendan Forde
Mick Gentleman
Taimus Werner-Gibbings

James Daniels
Jane Hiatt
Nicole Lawder
Mark Parton
Andrew Wall

Johnathan Davis
Sue Ellerman
Laura Nuttall

Ginninderra

Five seats are up for election.

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Greens candidates candidates
 

Yvette Berry
Tara Cheyne
Sue Ducker
Greg Lloyd
Gordon Ramsay

Peter Cain
Robert Gunning
Elizabeth Kikkert
Kacey Lam
Ignatius Rozario

Jo Clay
Tim Liersch
Katt Millner

Vijay Dubey
Chic Henry
Angela Lount
Bill Stefaniak
Alan Tutt

Kurrajong

Five seats are up for election.

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Greens candidates Progressives candidates
 

Andrew Barr
Jacob Ingram

Judy Anderson
Maddy Northam
Rachel Stephen-Smith

Patrick Pentony

Elizabeth Lee

Robert Johnson

Candice Burch

Adriana Boisen
Michael Brewer
Shane Rattenbury
Rebecca Vassarotti

Tim Bohm
Therese Faulkner
Peta Swarbrick

Murrumbidgee

Five seats are up for election.

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Greens candidates Progressives candidates
 

Bec Cody
Tim Dobson
Brendan Long
Marisa Paterson
Chris Steel

Ed Cocks
Jeremy Hanson
Giulia Jones
Amardeep Singh
Sarah Suine

Merlin Baker
Emma Davidson
Tjanara Goreng Goreng

Robert Knight
Stephen Lin

Yerrabi

Five seats are up for election.

Labor candidates Liberal candidates Greens candidates Progressives candidates Ungrouped candidates
 

Tom Fischer
Deepak-Raj Gupta
Suzanne Orr
Michael Pettersson
Georgia Phillips

Leanne Castley
Alistair Coe
James Milligan
Krishna Nadimpalli
Jacob Vadakkedathu

Andrew Braddock
Mainul Haque

Mike Stelzig
Bethany Williams

David Pollard (David Pollard Independent)

Opinion polling

Date Firm Primary vote
ALP LIB GRN OTH
9 August 2020[7][8] uComms/The Australia Institute 37.6% 38.2% 14.6% 9.3%
2016 election 38.4% 36.7% 10.3% 14.6%

Endorsements

Newspapers

As of 20 August 2020, there have been no newspaper endorsements for the 2020 ACT Election.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Near-complete enrolment: More than 300,000 Canberrans ready to 'vote safe, vote early'". ACT Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  2. ^ "2020 Legislative Assembly election". www.elections.act.gov.au. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Electoral Boundaries Redistribution 2019: Redistribution Report" (PDF). ACT Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Register of political parties". www.elections.act.gov.au. 1 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  5. ^ White, Daniella (24 July 2019). "All Dunne: Vicki to call time on politics". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  6. ^ Burdon, Daniel (5 August 2019). "Greens MLA to retire at next election". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Majority of Canberrans Want Truth in Political Advertising Laws". The Australia Institute. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  8. ^ "ACT Election 2020: Labor vote down, but still on track to win, polling suggests". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 9 August 2020.