Ineligible candidates could prompt challenges to election results, expert says – The Guardian

The presence of ineligible candidates on ballot papers could expose election results to challenge even if the winners are qualified to sit in parliament, an academic has warned.

The University of New South Wales constitutional academic George Williams issued the warning after at least two bankrupts Rodney Culleton and Fraser Anning candidate Julie Hoskin successfully nominated and questions were raised about 19 United Australia Party candidates who made incomplete or inconsistent declarations to the Australian Electoral Commission.

After a spate of resignations and disqualifications in the 45th parliament, the joint standing committee on electoral matters studied reform options for section 44, which disqualifies dual citizens and undi…

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