Let AEC do its job before passing judgement: Cathy McGowan AO
Posted September 29, 2014
OCTOBER 2 - ADDITION TO PREVIOUS STATEMENT
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, understands the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has referred the matter of potential electoral irregularities in Indi to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
Ms McGowan has not been contacted by the AEC or the AFP.
“In line with my earlier comments, while this matter is under investigation I will not be making any further comment,” Ms McGowan said.
SEPTEMBER 28 STATEMENT
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, supports any investigation into enrolled voters in Indi allegedly supplying incorrect residential address details before the 2013 Federal election. The first Ms McGowan heard about the allegations was last Friday when contacted for comment.
“If individuals have made unlawful declarations these should be fully investigated by the AEC and relevant authorities,” Ms McGowan said. “An enrolment is a declaration made by an individual to the AEC and is up to the individual to ensure it is accurate and lawful.
Ms McGowan has not been contacted by the AEC regarding these allegations but welcomes any queries they have about the matter.
“It’s important the Australian people have the utmost confidence in the AEC and electoral process and I know they will undertake an extensive and professional investigation,” Ms McGowan said.
“But we must be mindful these are allegations so let’s wait and see the results before making a judgement.”