VICTORIA'S peak body for local government is again calling on the state government to postpone October's local government elections for 12 months, citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Municipal Association of Victoria said the principle of 'free and fair' local government elections was "under significant strain".
The MAV surveyed all councils and CEOs earlier this year, with Bendigo council among those keen for the deferral of elections.
The state government announced in May local government elections would go ahead, with October 24 to become the first time postal voting would be adopted by all Victorian councils.
Disgraced former local government minister Adem Somyurek made the announcement.
City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann welcomed the confirmation the elections would proceed, at the time, saying the clarity was helpful.
He acknowledged the sector's concerns, some of which Mr Niemann said were relevant in any election year.
Bendigo mayor Margaret O'Rourke today said the council had yet to have the opportunity to discuss the MAV's renewed calls for the deferral of council elections.
The MAV cited a spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases and heightened restrictions in greater Melbourne and Mitchell shire in today's calls to postpone council elections.
"Recent feedback has again highlighted the difficulties of ensuring a level playing field for candidates campaigning for election to their council," MAV president Coral Ross said.
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