Victoria's Chief Commissioner, Steven Tully, is ultimately responsible for the stuff-up and many questions are being asked as to how this monumental stuff-up could occur.
Public Information and results doesn't tally
To help you gain some perspective into the extent of the stuff up take a look at the following summary statistics:
Summary of upper house statistics latest Data
|(published December 14, 2006 06:19)|
|Eastern Metropolitan||375947||12179||388126||12-12-2006 17:32||0|
|Eastern Victoria||379201||12625||391826||12-12-2006 18:55||0|
|Northern Metropolitan||360149||21730||381879||14-12-2006 06:19||-6454|
|Northern Victoria||365391||15426||380817||12-12-2006 19:03||0|
|South Eastern Metropolitan||365547||20200||385747||12-12-2006 18:23||0|
|Southern Metropolitan||361805||11420||373225||12-12-2006 19:45||0|
|Western Metropolitan||374411||25075||399486||14-12-2006 03:57||-478|
|Western Victoria||394478||14588||409066||14-12-2006 05:03||268|
|Summary of upper house provisional count statistics|
|(published December 12, 2006 19:45)|
|Eastern Metropolitan||375947||12179||388126||12-12-2006 17:32|
|Eastern Victoria||379201||12625||391826||12-12-2006 18:55|
|Northern Metropolitan||366605||21728||388333||12-12-2006 18:22|
|Northern Victoria||365391||15426||380817||12-12-2006 19:03|
|South Eastern Metropolitan||365547||20200||385747||12-12-2006 18:23|
|Southern Metropolitan||361805||11420||373225||12-12-2006 19:45|
|Western Metropolitan||374982||24981||399964||12-12-2006 18:03|
|Western Victoria||394556||14242||408798||12-12-2006 17:31|
|Summary of upper house count statistics|
|(published December 12, 2006 16:49)|
|South Eastern Metropolitan||363814||21640||385454||-293|
|Summary of lower house statistics|
|(published December 12, 2006 16:49)|
|South Eastern Metropolitan||366008||19631||385639||-108|
At issue here is the number of total votes. Votes have gone missing and have not been accounted for. Normally all the number of ballot all papers are accounted. Each polling place returning officer is required to prepare a tally sheet that outlines exactly how many ballot papers have been issued.
The latest published summary information above shows to what extent the VEC stuffed up - Big time
A voter is supposed to be given two ballot papers, one for the lower-house and one for the upper-house. The number of lower-house ballots should match the number of upper-house ballots. The returning officer then includes this information in their return statements along with the number of ballot papers received and the number of unused ballot papers.
The electoral commission should have tallied up this information and ideally should know in advance prior to the final count how many ballot papers have been issued and how many have been returned. If there is a discrepancy then alarm bells should have rung. BUT this is not what has happened. The total number of ballot papers keep changing and the VEC failed to provide information that would have allowed a proper cross check to occur. (see previous posts on the VEC below).
There are still questions outstanding as to the accuracy of the poll and many believe that the VEC should be required to undertake a second recount in Western Victoria until they have at least managed to obtain the same overall result twice.
Steve Tully is under scrutiny with reports that many politicians, from all sides of the political divide, are not happy in with his performance and the way that he had conducted the election.
As previously reported "Tully's Tally" will come under review when the State Parliamentary Elections committee meets next year.
In the meantime Tully's team will be looking at undertaking some creative accounting to justify this stuff-up and hold on to their job. We think it is time to consider having a single independent professional Electoral Authority with Victoria's Chief Electoral Commissioner under the auspice of the Sate Auditor General and as an executive member of the new Australian Electoral Authority.
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