Charges against two young voters enrolled in Indi for the 2013 election have been struck out in the Melbourne Magistrates Court today, Tuesday, 5 April. Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, said the young people targeted in the Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation followed the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) rules.
“I’m very pleased this matter has been resolved and I welcome the decision to strike out the charges,” Ms McGowan said. “There was never any case to answer, and there was no conspiracy.”
Ms McGowan said the AEC guidelines for enrolling are very clear. According to the AEC website rules, a person should enrol for the address which is their permanent residential address. This is the address they intend to return to even if they are living somewhere else temporarily.
Ms McGowan is urging everyone to enrol for the 2016 election to make their vote count, particularly young people.
“As a leader in my community I will continue to stand up for young people and I am proud to be their representative in Parliament. They are our future and they need to be encouraged to have their say and be part of our democratic process,” she said.