Council election results from the 1990s have steadily led to more independent and progressive candidates (as opposed to conservative) making it onto the Alice Springs Town Council. Some notable examples are garden guru Geoff Miers, Geoff Harris, former manager of the Arid Lands Environment Centre, and Jane Clark, who was a Greens candidate.
The new proportional vote counting system starting tomorrow should enhance the likelihood of candidates with more diverse backgrounds and political persuasions being elected.
But this may not be so simple as the reduction of councillors from 10 to eight, which took effect in 2008, means that each candidate must achieve a higher proportion of votes to be successful. This seems to have been overlooked in the current election campaign. ALEX NELSON looks back over council polls and wonders if the new system will further diminish the dominance of conservative candidates.