The seat of Hughes covers a part of the Sutherland shire and different suburbs within the metropolis’s south.
The One Nation candidate for the citizens, Narelle Seymour, hasn’t been seen for the reason that begin of the election marketing campaign.
“We haven’t seen hide nor hair of her, we have no idea who Narelle Seymour is,” impartial candidate Linda Seymour stated.
It’s inflicting confusion for impartial Seymour, who shares a surname with the One Nation candidate.
“Let’s be clear, she’s the other Seymour, I’m the real Seymour,” she stated.
The different Seymour could also be on the poll however she’s spent no time campaigning in her citizens.
Another One Nation contender claimed Seymour just isn’t a ghost however simply would not have the “momentum” in her citizens.
“You can pinch her and she’ll hurt yeah she’s a real person, she just doesn’t have momentum,” the get together’s candidate for Cook, Gaye Cameron, stated.
It has additionally been revealed Narelle Seymour would not reside within the citizens however somewhat in Wagga Wagga, 450 kilometres away.
These ghost candidates are showing in quite a few electorates and 9News understands no less than a dozen individuals operating for the minor get together reside nowhere close to the citizens they’re contesting.
“It’s happened before with other parties,” Cameron stated.
“The laws are there that you can put your name down.”
The Australian Electoral Commission stated there isn’t any authorized requirement for candidates to reside within the citizens they’re operating in however most voters would fairly anticipate an area to characterize them.
“It may be legal but it is seriously unethical,” Seymour stated.
There can be hypothesis whether or not the candidates are in it for the taxpayer cash, as Australian National University political analyst Mark Kenny identified the contenders can nonetheless be eligible for election funding.
“If they get four per cent of the first preference vote, they are eligible for election funding,” Kenny stated.
“You get $10,000, no questions asked. It’s outrageous.”