We don’t ask much of the Australian Electoral Commission. But there is one essential, no compromise aspect of its job. The integrity of the poll. The Australian people expect that the AEC will conduct elections ethically, with integrity and in a way where they can be confident that their votes count.
Sadly, in the case of the Western Australian Senate election, the AEC has failed. It has lost 1375 ballot papers. How can this be possible? Shouldn’t they be under lock and key? Former Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty will no doubt seek to determine the weaknesses that led to the loss of those ballot papers – whether they were stolen or destroyed (intentionally or otherwise).
Australian Electoral Commissioner, Ed Killesteyn, admitted the failure
We’re left with a nagging and almost irreconcilable doubt about the outcome of the West Australian Senate election. And, of course, this is very damaging to the reputation of the AEC which has been earned over many, many decades of dedicated service to the Australian community.
Killesteyn’s position is untenable. He should do the decent thing and take full responsibility for this disaster. He should and must resign.