Behind the Scenes: The AEC's 1998 Federal Election Report: International Guests

Updated: 5 December 2007

List of International Guests at the 1998 Election

Fiji

  • Mr Walter Rigamoto, Supervisor of Elections
  • Mr Sakiasi Cagica, Principal Electoral Officer
  • Ms Suzie Naisara-Grey, Senior Information Officer

Hong Kong

  • Mr Wing Li, Chief Electoral Officer
  • Mr Siu Chung Chow, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer
  • Miss Shirley Yung, Principal Assistant, Secretary of the Constitutional Affairs Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Indonesia

  • Dr Ramlan Surbakti, Lecturer, Airlangga University
  • Mr Muflizar, Representative of Indonesian Poll Watch
  • Dr Abdullah Altas Fahmi, Member of Parliament

Lesotho

  • Mr Moriee J. Khaebana, Electoral Commissioner
  • Mr Mphasa Mokhochane, Deputy Director of Elections

Malaysia

  • Dato Wan Ahmad Omar, Executive Secretary, Election Commission
  • Abdull Halim AB. Rahman, State Election Officer for Kedah/Perlis

New Zealand

  • Mr John Thomson, Executive Officer Projects, Chief Electoral Office

Papua New Guinea

  • Mr Rex Raio AU, Assistant Commissioner, Finance and Administration
  • Mr Poevare Tore, Province Electoral Officer

Samoa

  • Dr Fetuao Toia Alama, Registrar of Electors and Voters and Chief Electoral Officer

Solomon Islands

  • Mr Philip Funifaka, Commissioner of the Electoral Commission

South Africa

  • Mr Peter Mothle, Chief Director – Democracy Development, Independent Electoral Commission
  • Mr Allan Campbell, Manager – CEO Affairs, Independent Electoral Commission
  • Ms Bridgitte Backman, Communications, Independent Electoral Commission
  • Mr Howard Sackstein, Chief Director, Delimitation, Independent Electoral Commission
  • Mr Pierre Dalton, Administration Officer, Independent Electoral Commission
  • Mr Abrie Griesel, Administration Officer, Independent Electoral Commission
  • Mr Desmond Locke, Chairman of the Portfolio Committee, Department of Home Affairs

Sri Lanka

  • Mr Dayananda Dissanayake, Commissioner of Elections
  • Mr W.P. Sumanasiri, Assistant Commissioner of Elections
  • Mr A.G. Dharmadasa, Assistant Commissioner of Elections

Tonga

  • Mr Simi Tekiteki, Elections Supervisor

The following international guests visited for the supplementary election in the Division of Newcastle.

Bangladesh

  • Mr Aziz Ahmed Chowdhury, Additional Secretary, Election Commission Secretariat
  • Mr MD Firoz Alam, Deputy Secretary, Election Commission Secretariat
  • Mr S. M. Ezharul Haque, District Election Officer, Bhola

Thailand

  • Mr Komchan Lausakul, Director, Division of General Election Administration, Office of the Election Commission of Thailand
  • Ms Prapaporn Agamanon, Consultant to the Chairman for International Affairs, Office of the Election Commission of Thailand
List of overseas posts and votes issued
LOCATION COUNTRY VOTES LOCATION COUNTRY VOTES
Almaty Kazakstan 18 Malta Malta 446
Amman Jordan 60 Manchester UK 712
Ankara Turkey 78 Manila Philippines 765
Apia Western Samoa 113 Mexico City Mexico 77
Athens Greece 1 015 Milan Italy 164
Atlanta USA 82 Moscow Russia 119
Auckland New Zealand 1 204 Mumbai India 73
Bali Indonesia 377 Nagoya Japan 77
Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei 166 Nairobi Kenya 81
Bangkok Thailand 927 New Delhi India 232
Beijing China 603 New York USA 1 350
Beirut Lebanon 481 Nicosia Cyprus 148
Belgrade Yugoslavia 111 Noumea New Caledonia 122
Berlin Germany 300 Nuku'alofa Tonga 88
Bonn Germany 397 Osaka Japan 263
Brasilia Brazil 18 Ottawa Canada 274
Bridgetown Barbados 11 Paris France 1 180
Brussels Belgium 180 Phnom Pehn Cambodia 223
Budapest Hungary 202 Pohnpei Micronesia 19
Buenos Aires Argentina 128 Port Louis Mauritius 135
Butterworth Malaysia 66 Port Moresby Papua New Guinea 802
Cairo Egypt 262 Port Vila Vanuatu 104
Cape Town South Africa 119 Pretoria South Africa 125
Caracas Venezuela 13 Rangoon Burma 58
Colombo Sri Lanka 327 Riyadh Saudi Arabia 304
Damascus Syria 72 Rome Italy 686
Dahka Bangladesh 75 San Francisco USA 566
Dubai United Arab Emirates 131 Santiago Chile 301
Dublin Ireland 882 Sao Paulo Brazil 18
Frankfurt Germany 73 Sapporo Japan 18
Fukuoka City Japan 37 Sendai Japan 32
Geneva Switzerland 357 Seoul Korea 178
Guangzhou China 366 Shanghai China 719
Hamburg Germany 17 Singapore Singapore 2 425
Hanoi Vietnam 246 Stockholm Sweden 400
Harare Zimbabwe 128 Suva Fiji 554
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam 734 Taipei Taiwan 892
Hong Kong Hong Kong 10 680 Tarawa Kiribati 47
Honiara Solomon Islands 129 Tehran Iran 38
Honolulu USA 138 Tel Aviv Israel 185
Islamabad Pakistan 119 The Hague Netherlands 433
Istanbul Turkey 129 Tokyo Japan 924
Jakarta Indonesia 876 Toronto Canada 449
Johannesburg South Africa 39 Vancouver Canada 686
Kathmandu Nepal 51 Vienna Austria 411
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 959 Vientiane Laos 127
Lagos Nigeria 0 Warsaw Poland 161
London UK 20 690 Washington DC USA 1 173
Los Angeles USA 620 Wellington New Zealand 634
Madrid Spain 273 TOTAL   65 086
Election cost estimates
Project $
Advertising 8 721 799
Election Statistics & Results 59 738
Elector Leaflet 1 463 302
Public Info Materials & support 1 300 372
Ballot paper production & associated printing 2 626 005
Cardboard Equipment Production 2 623 240
Certified Lists 898 885
Computer Support Services 8 924
Corporate Services Administration 40 634
Divisional Offices 36 741 628
Forms & Equipment 1 918 721
Funding & Disclosure 29 439
National Tally Room 351 548
Operational Administration 1 006 373
Overseas Voting 363 317
Payment System 26 189
Prosecutions 389
Resources Monitoring 48 184
Scanning Centre 348 989
Senate Scrutiny 911 667
Storage & Distribution 9 413
Training of Polling Officials 779 084
Election Allowances 726 744
SUB-TOTAL 61 004 584
Public Election Funding 33 920 787
TOTAL 94 925 371

Expenditure to 10 February 1999

Based on the number of electors at the Close of Rolls, the expenditure per elector was $5.06 (excluding public funding) or $7.87 (including public funding).

Comparative figures for previous elections are:
  1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1998
Average Cost per elector $ $ $ $ $ $
Actual Cost 3.13 3.75 4.02 4.11 5.08 5.06
Constant Prices (Dec 1984 Base) 3.13 3.05 2.68 2.54 2.87 2.80
Constant Prices (Mar 1998 Base) 5.65 5.51 4.84 4.58 5.18 5.06

1998 election publications

The following publications were available during the 1998 federal election:

Nominations Pamphlet

A concise information pamphlet for people interested in standing as a candidate in the Senate or House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament.

Candidate's Handbook

A handbook designed to assist candidates standing for election for the Senate and House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament. It explains in detail those aspects of electoral law which relate directly to candidates.

Scrutineer's Handbook and Scrutineer's Handbook (Northern Territory edition)

A handbook designed as an information aid for scrutineers at federal elections. It explains in detail those aspects of electoral law which relate directly to scrutineers.

Electoral Newsfile

A regular background on electoral issues and events. The following titles are specific to the 1998 federal election:

  • No.73 Federal Election 1998 'Information Guide'
  • No.74 Federal Election 1998 'Close of Rolls'
  • No.75 Federal Election 1998 'Close of Nominations'
  • No.76 Federal Election 1998 'The Votes and the Count'
  • No.77 Federal Election 1998 'Senate Results'
  • No.78 Federal Election 1998 'House of Representatives Results'
  • No.79 Federal Election 1998 'Results Guide'

1998 Electoral Atlas

A consolidated set of maps and profiles of Australia's 148 electoral divisions including data from the 1996 census. A joint AEC/Parliamentary Research Service publication.

1998 federal electoral boundaries map

Full-colour map showing the electoral boundaries following the redistributions in Western Australia, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. These were the boundaries at the 1998 federal election.

1998 Election Night Guide

A guide to assist the media and others on election night. It comprises background information on the election and user manual for the AEC's computerised election night system.

Electoral backgrounders

Backgrounders are published for the general information of people interested in electoral issues. They present and analyse the issues on various topics, but do not promote a particular position of represent legal advice. The following backgrounders are available:

  • No.1 JSCEM Report of the Conduct of the 1996 Federal Election
  • No.2 Parliamentary Report on Section 44 of the Constitution
  • No.3 Misleading and Deceptive Advertising – 'Unofficial' How-to-vote cards
  • No.4 Candidate Disqualifications – Section 44 of the Constitution
  • No.5 Electoral Advertising No.6 Influencing Votes
  • No.7 Langer Style Voting No.8 Compulsory Voting
  • No.9 Multiple Voting

Funding and Financial Disclosure Handbooks

Political Parties

This handbook is intended as a useful reference for party officers and others involved with the election funding and financial disclosure provisions of the Act.

Candidates

This handbook is intended as a useful reference for candidates and Senate groups on the election funding and financial disclosure provisions of the Act.

Third Parties

This handbook is to assist persons having to complete disclosure returns for third parties.

Broadcasters and Publishers

This is a guide for broadcasters and publishers required to submit returns under the disclosure provisions of the Act.

The following publications are being published on the conduct and results of the 1998 federal election.

1998 federal election results map

Colour-coded map showing which party won which division. Also contains the names of Members and Senators following the 1998 elections.

1998 Electoral Pocket Book (forthcoming)

The complete – but concise – compendium of federal election facts and figures from federation to the 1998 federal election.

Behind the Scenes – the AEC's 1998 federal election report

The behind the scenes story of the conduct of the 1998 federal election and summary of results.

1998 federal election – official statistics series (and CD-ROM)

The election statistics series is the official publication of the results of the 1998 half-Senate and House of Representatives election. The statistics published in five printed volumes contain national, State/Territory and divisional summary results. Detailed polling place results are available on the CD-ROM.

AEC publications are available on the AEC Internet web site at www.aec.gov.au.

Central and Head Office Addresses
Electoral Commissioner PO Box E201 KINGSTON ACT 2604
Ph: (02) 6271 4411 Fx: (02) 6271 4556
Central Office West Block Offices
Queen Victoria Terrace PARKES ACT 2600
Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales PO Box K778 HAYMARKET NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9375 6333 Fx: (02) 9281 9378
6th Floor Roden Cutler House
24 Campbell St SYDNEY NSW 2000
Australian Electoral Officer for Victoria GPO Box 768G MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Ph: (03) 9285 7171 Fx: (03) 9285 7167
Level 22 Casselden Place
2 Lonsdale St MELBOURNE VIC 3001
Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland GPO Box 2590 BRISBANE QLD 4001
Ph: (07) 3834 3400 Fx: (07) 3832 3058
488 Queen St BRISBANE QLD 4000
Australian Electoral Officer for Western Australia PO Box 781 VICTORIA PARK WA 6979
Ph: (08) 9470 7299 Fx: (08) 9472 3551
28 Thorogood St BURSWOOD WA 6100
Australian Electoral Officer for South Australia GPO Box 344 ADELAIDE SA 5001
Ph: (08) 8237 6555 Fx: (08) 8231 2664
9th Floor, AMP Building
1 King William St ADELAIDE SA 5000
Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania GPO Box 520E HOBART TAS 7001
Ph: (03) 6235 0500 Fx: (03) 6234 4268
8th Floor AMP Building
86 Collins St HOBART TAS 7000
Australian Electoral Officer for the Northern Territory GPO Box 21 DARWIN NT 0801
Ph: (08) 8981 1477 Fx: (08) 8981 7964
9th Floor AANT Building
79–81 Smith St DARWIN NT 0800

AEC Divisional offices can be contacted on 13 23 26. Addresses can be found in the White Pages Telephone Directory under 'Australian Electoral Commission' of by contacting the appropriate State or Territory Head Office.

For more information on the federal electoral process contact any of the above AEC Offices, phone the Central Office Information Section on (02) 6271 4419 or access the Internet website at www.aec.gov.au.

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