Eligibility questioned

Rosmairi Okeno, Lake Macquarie City Council candidate for west ward Rosmairi Okeno, Lake Macquarie City Council candidate for west ward. Pic submitted Aug 2012.
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Rosmairi Okeno, Lake Macquarie City Council candidate for west ward. Pic submitted Aug 2012.

THE eligibility of Lake Macquarie council West Ward candidate Rosmairi Okeno has been thrown into question.

As The Star went to press, the final tallies of the local government elections were still being finalised.

Ms Okeno looked to set to defeat Back to Basics candidate Jim Sullivan in the race for the final councillor seat in the West Ward.

However, Mr Sullivan has raised questions over her employment as the Southlake town co-ordinator, and whether she is employed by the council or the Southlake Chamber of Commerce.

People who work for the council cannot run for civic office.

In other election news, Wendy Harrison conceded defeat for the mayoral position of Lake Macquarie Council to Labor’s Jodie Harrison.

In addition to the Labor mayor, the new council will likely have five Labor councillors, three Liberals and four independents.

Jodie Harrison said she intended to focus on ensuring that the roads, libraries, pools and parks were properly maintained.

“Over the last few months residents have clearly said to me they want a better looking Lake Macquarie,” she said.”

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