Voters could face a number of “zombie candidates”, as the Australian Electoral Commission referred a Senate nominee to the federal police.
Former One Nation and independent senator Rod Culleton was disqualified from parliament in a High Court decision in 2017.
However, he has declared on his nomination form for the West Australian Senate he was clear to run in the 2019 federal election.
While the AEC does not have the power to reject his nomination – regardless of whether any answer to a question of the qualification checklist is incorrect, false or inadequate – it has provided the form to the Australian Federal Police to examine if a false declaration has been made, relating to his status as an undischarged bankrupt.
Being an undischarged b…