Postpone council elections: mayoral candidate

Mayoral candidate for Fairfield Council: George Barcha.

Mayoral candidate for Fairfield Council: George Barcha.

Labor's Mayoral Candidate for Fairfield George Barcha is calling on the upcoming council elections in September to be postponed in Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury-Bankstown due to the escalating COVID-19 situation in south-west Sydney.

"Our first priority right now should be people's safety, not election campaigns," Mr Barcha said.

"An election involves almost everyone being out in the community, in very close proximity to each other. In these current times it is very risky.

"For the same reason that some people are not allowed to go to work and make a living, the fairest and most democratic thing to do is to postpone the council elections.

"We can then focus on getting everyone vaccinated, and not put people at further risk by forcing people to come out on election day."

Changes to State Government regulations announced last week will allow voters to have their say in the September 4 council elections while staying COVID-safe.

"Resident safety remains the number one priority for councils, and I am confident we can meet this priority and still hold fair and transparent elections," Councillor Scott said.

Mr Barcha said a postponement is the "fairest and safest" thing to do.

"The state government was too slow to act at the start of this current Delta variant cluster, I'm calling on the Premier to make sure they don't make the same mistake again," he said.

"To keep the election process democratic and safe the election must be postponed."