According to the Australian Electoral Commission, the definition of ‘nominate’ is:
“To nominate is to declare an intention of standing as a candidate in an election. The nomination is lodged with the Returning Officer by a predetermined date.”
So the date I signed the form, along with my proposer and seconder, was the date I declared my intention of standing as a candidate; in other words, it was the nomination date.
Then how about this:
“Where the Returning Officer finds that a nomination is or may be defective, the Returning Officer shall, before rejecting the nomination, notify the person concerned of the defect and where practicable, give the person the opportunity of remedying the defect or providing further information in support of the nomination, within a period of not less than seven days after being notified.
Where the Returning Officer has notified a person of a defective nomination, and where that person has remedied the defect and advised the Returning Officer within the time prescribed by the Returning Officer, the Returning Officer shall accept the nomination.”
Of course there is always the possibility that the Australian Electoral Commission just doesn’t know what it’s talking about.
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