The latest updates on Australian Federal Election 2013 - Aussies are already voting Tuesday, Aug 27, in London, and the Australian Electoral Commission" onclick="alert('The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is an independent statutory authority that is politically neutral and does not sponsor, endorse or approve of material found o" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) announced that remote polling is already underway.
Eighty Aussies living in London had lined up to cast their votes through pre-poll voting done at the Australia House, the largest polling station for federal election, with records of 16,000 voters during the 2010 election, the Australian Associated Press reports.
An elderly couple, visiting London for leisure, were among the very first in the line to cast their votes. They said that even a single vote matters.
"We're just keen to get it done. What if it's a hung parliament again? One vote might make all the difference," the couple said in an interview with AAP.
Stephen Boardman, who hailed from Sydney and who had been living in London for two years now, said that the political agenda of the candidates were "devoid of any excitement and true policy." He said that the only coverage of the Australian Federal Election 2013 that gets the attention of the UK media were the Jayme Diaz gaffe and One Nation's Stephanie Banister, saying Islam is a country.
"That was hilarious. But that's the only thing that gets press coverage here - which is a bit embarrassing."
Meanwhile, in Australia, the AEC announced that remote voting for Australian Federal Election 2013 is already underway.
Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn said that 38 remote polling teams will travel to the country's most isolated parts to ensure that Australians in 0ver 400 remote communities can exercise their right to vote.
"A large proportion of people who vote via the AEC's remote mobile polling service, live in Indigenous communities with the majority in the Northern Territory.There are about 220 electors on the roll in Warruwi. However there are many other smaller communities, such as Mulga Bore (40 voters) and Camel Camp (23 voters) in the Northern Territory, that the AEC also has a responsibility to support this election," Mr Killesteyn said.
Mr Killesteyn also explained that since 2001, the AEC had been developing its Indigenous Electoral participation Program (IEPP) to increase awareness and participation among Aboriginal and Torress Strait Island communities.
"A key component of IEPP in the past has been a face-to-face education and enrolment program. However, we've been increasingly working with other Australian Government departments, including the Department of Human Services and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, to extend the reach and enhance the effectiveness of our remote elector services in the Northern Territory.IEPP has been working well in Warruwi and, for the first time, the AEC's remote mobile polling team will be offering a full day's voting service," Mr Killesteyn explained.
The residents of Warruwi, a remote Northern territory Aboriginal community on South Goulburn Island, will be given the opportunity to be the very first voters to cast votes through remote area mobile polling.
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