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Electoral body cops backlash from council candidates over ‘ridiculous’ rule

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The NSW Electoral Commission has infuriated local government candidates by banning handouts within 100m of polling booths.

Independent Randwick councillor Anthony Andrews has opposed the ‘inconsistent’ COVID restriction, pointing out candidates are still allowed to shake hands and talk to voters.

South Sydney Premiership-winning captain John Sutton is running for a council seat alongside Mr Andrews.

He told Jim Wilson the safety measure is “just ridiculous”, appealing to the Electoral Commission to rethink the rule.

“I haven’t been in politics for too long, but at least I know that’s wrong, and we need to get that changed.

“Anthony has been a long[-term] councillor in this area, and his views resonate with me, so I’m glad I get to run with him.”

Press PLAY below to hear John Sutton’s pitch to voters

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