Over 40 Indians to contest local elections in Australia
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With Indians emerging as one of the fastest growing communities in Victoria, the local and state government elections for the first time will see a big contingent of over 40 Indians entering the poll fray.
According to the Victorian Election Commission website, 41 Indians and some 10 with India lineage are contesting for the local government polls across the state from 77 council seats on October 26 in what is being dubbed as a positive change in Australian elections.
"The real thing is for the first time Indians are in the Council polls in a big way and this shows their rising clout in Australia," said Neeraj Nanda, a Melbourne-based community leader who runs a newspaper for Indian community called 'South Asian Times'.
For many of the candidates, local politics is a new area they are venturing and they may not be able to secure a seat.
However, such a big representation from the community is being seen as a positive step, Nanda said.
Echoing similar views, Intaj Khan, a contestant from Whyndam Council in west of Melbourne, said, "It seems there are more Indian candidates than Chinese for this year's state local government elections. This is something worth notable."
Khan, who runs a vocational college and a private school here, said if he gets elected he would try to work for good ties between Australia and India.
In Victoria, a council is a democratically elected body on a four-year term and are generally regarded as closest to the people.
It exercises a wide range of government functions and powers for the "peace, order and good government" of its municipal district. Each council in Victoria has between 5 and 12 elected councillors.
The elected council makes decisions in the interests of their community, plus the administrative organisation that delivers services and ensures that council decisions are implemented.
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