Australian Embassy Consular Bulletin: 20 July 2010

27 Jul 2010 10:13 PM | Anonymous
AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL ELECTION - Saturday 21 August 2010

The Australian Government has called a Federal Election for Saturday 21 August 2010.  If you are enrolled on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll, and you will be out of Australia on polling day, you may either VOTE IN PERSON or APPLY FOR A POSTAL VOTE.

VOTING IN PERSON

You can cast a pre-poll vote weekdays from Monday 9 August 2010 through until Friday 20 August 2010.  Please note Monday 16 August is an Embassy holiday and the Embassy, Consulates-General and Consulate will be closed.  To cast a pre-poll vote, you must attend in person at the nearest Australian post to you in Japan – located in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka, or Sapporo.  By voting early, you may avoid queues and delays. For security purposes, please bring photograph identification with you when you attend to vote.

Pre-poll voting in person at the Consulate-General in Fukuoka and Consulate in Sapporo requires appointments to be made in advance.  Appointments are not required to cast a pre-poll vote at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo or the Consulate-General in Osaka.

On Election Day, Saturday 21 August 2010, you are able to vote in person at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo and Consulate-General in Osaka.  The Consulate-General in Fukuoka and the Consulate in Sapporo will not be open for voting on Election Day.

Australians voting at the Australian Embassy or a Consulate in Japan must cast their votes by close of voting time nominated for that office – see contact details and hours for the offices listed below.

POSTAL VOTE

Australian citizens unable to visit an Australian mission in person may cast a vote by post.  You must apply for a postal vote in order to have ballot papers sent to you.

To apply for a Postal Vote either:

- Download the Postal Vote application on the Australian Electoral Commission’s website (http://www.aec.gov.au/Elections/files/pva-2010.pdf) and send the completed form to the Australian Embassy or a Consulate by post or fax (contact details below); or

- Contact the Australian Embassy or nearest Australian Consulate-General or Consulate to you in Japan to request an application form to be sent to you via post.

After returning the completed postal vote application form to the Australian Embassy or nearest Australian Consulate-General or Consulate, you will be mailed ballot papers to enable you to cast your vote.  In order to receive ballot papers your Postal Vote Application must reach the Australian Embassy or your nearest Australian Consulate-General or Consulate by Thursday 19 August 2010.

The ballot papers must be returned in the envelope supplied with certification, and must be post-marked by close of voting hours for the post to which it is sent (see below) or the AEC.  The ballot papers can either be returned to the Australian Embassy or nearest Australian Consulate-General or Consulate in Japan or forwarded directly to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) in Australia.


ENROLMENT

- Australian Embassies/High Commissions/Consulates-General and Consulates overseas cannot determine questions of your enrolment status.  An elector’s claim to vote will be verified by the divisional returning officer in Australia on receipt of completed ballot papers.

- The deadline for anyone enrolling to vote was 8pm (local time) Monday 19 July 2010. If you are not enrolled you will be unable to vote in the 2010 Federal Election.  


-  The deadline for changing your address or name details was 8pm Thursday 22 July 2010.  
Please see the following website for information on updating your enrolment details: http://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Update_enrolment.htm

- The AEC has introduced an online roll verification service.  To use this service, simply visit the AEC website www.aec.gov.au/check and follow the steps.  Electors who are unsure about where they may be enrolled, or do not have access to the internet, are able to contact the AEC on +61-2-6271-4411 during business hours, Australian Eastern Standard Time, or e-mail info@aec.gov.au.

Note:

- Voting at Australian federal elections is compulsory in Australia and all Australian citizens aged 18 years and older are encouraged to vote.  Enrolment and voting by people outside Australia is not compulsory, however if you are going overseas you are required to inform the AEC (www.aec.gov.au).


More Information on Voting
If you have general enquiries please contact the Australian Electoral Commission's Information Section in Canberra on +61-2-6271 4411, during business hours, Australian Eastern Standard Time.  Information is also available on the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au.  E-mail enquiries may be sent to info@aec.gov.au.  Enquiries specific to voting arrangements for Australians in Japan may be directed to the offices below.


Contact Details and Voting Hours for Embassy and Consulates in Japan

AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY TOKYO
Assistant Returning Officer
2-1-14 Mita
Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8361
Tel: 03-5232-4111
Fax: 03-5232-4057
E-mail: aro@australia.or.jp
Web: http://www.australia.or.jp/en/consular/tokyo/
Voting Hours
Weekdays Monday 9 August 2010 – Friday 20 August 2010: 9.00am-5.00pm (Please note the Embassy will be closed on Monday 16 August 2010)
Saturday 21 August 2010:  10.00am-4.00pm

AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE-GENERAL OSAKA
Assistant Returning Officer
16F Twin 21 MID Tower
2-1-61 Shiromi, Chuo-ku
Osaka 540-6116
Tel: 06-6941-9448
Fax: 06-6920-4543
E-mail: aro@australia.or.jp
Web: http://www.australia.or.jp/en/consular/osaka/
Voting Hours
Weekdays Monday 9 August 2010 – Friday 20 August 2010: 9:30am-4:30pm (Please note the Consulate-General will be closed on Monday 16 August 2010)
Saturday 21 August 2010:  10.00am-4.00pm

AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE-GENERAL FUKUOKA
Assistant Returning Officer
7th Floor, Tenjin Twin Building
1-6-8 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Fukuoka 810-0001
Tel: 092-734-5055
Fax: 092-734-5058
E-mail: aro@australia.or.jp
Web: http://www.australia.or.jp/en/consular/fukuoka/
Voting Hours
Weekdays Monday 9 August 2010 – Friday 20 August 2010: By appointment 9.00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-5.00pm (Please note the Consulate-General will be closed on Monday 16 August 2010)
Closed Saturday 21 August 2010

AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE SAPPORO
Assistant Returning Officer
17th Floor, Sapporo Centre Building
North 5, West 6-2, Chuo-ku
Sapporo 060-0005
Tel: 011-242-4381
Fax: 011-242-4383
E-mail: aro@australia.or.jp
Web: http://www.australia.or.jp/en/consular/sapporo/
Voting Hours
Weekdays Monday 9 August 2010 – Friday 20 August 2010: By appointment 9.00am-12.30pm, 1.30-5.00pm (Please note the Consulate will be closed on Monday 16 August 2010)
Closed Saturday 21 August 2010


Yours sincerely
Consular Section
Australian Embassy Tokyo
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