Rob Oakeshott, Independent Candidate for Cowper

Rob Oakeshott will not be engaging in preference deals

This election, like all the elections that I have stood in previously, I will not be engaging in preference deals, Rob Oakeshott said.

“People should be free to make up their own mind when it comes to how they direct their preferences.”

“I have never engaged in making preference deals because I believe these back room deals are not healthy for our democracy.” 

In 2010, Oakeshott Independent issued How-to-Vote cards that placed a 1 next to the Oakeshott name and left the rest of the spaces blank, coupled with instructions that voters must number every box. However, with the absence of a guide to follow, many voters did not fill in the remainder of the boxes on the card. To avoid making preference deals, whilst ensuring no one unwittingly submits an informal vote, we will be distributing a number of variations on our How-to-vote card, where preferences will be in different orders.

“I still strongly encourage everyone to make up their own minds when it comes to who they allocate their preferences to. It is the voters choice as to who gets 2 and 3 on a ballot paper, not a party’s.” 

“We only ask for a 1 next to the Oakeshott name, and a valid ballot paper.”

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Media Contact: Jack Begbie, 0481 759 580, jack@oakeshott.com.au