POLLING DAY: When the Rocky by-election could be called
A NEW mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council must be appointed by February 3, according to the Local Government Act.
The Act states the vacant office must be filled within two months after the office becomes vacant.
The Electoral Commission of Queensland has advised that as new legislation was approved on December 4, the office must be filled by February 3.
The Morning Bulletin understands a by-election would be held in mid-January to allow time for vote counting.
This means those running in the election will be campaigning over the Christmas and New Year period.
Official dates are expected to be announced by ECQ tomorrow.
See this story for candidates of the by-election.
If a sitting councillor is successful as mayor, that division would need to go to the polls again to replace that vacancy.