2012 Australian Capital Territory general election

Elections to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly occurred on Saturday, 20 October 2012. The 11-year incumbent Labor Party, led by Chief MinisterKaty Gallagher, won a fourth term over the main opposition Liberal Party, led by opposition leaderZed Seselja.[1][2][3]

2012 Australian Capital Territory general election


 2008 20 October 2012 2016 

All 17 seats of the Australian Capital TerritoryLegislative Assembly
9 seats needed for a majority

Opinion polls
Turnout 89.3 ( 1.1 pp)
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Katy Gallagher Zed Seselja Meredith Hunter
Party Labor Liberal Greens
Leader since 16 May 2011 13 December 2007 October 2008
Leader’s seat Molonglo Brindabella Ginninderra(lost seat)
Last election 7 seats 6 seats 4 seats
Seats won 8 seats 8 seats 1 seat
Seat change 1 2 3
Percentage 38.9% 38.9% 10.7%
Swing 1.5 7.3 4.9

Chief Minister before election

Katy Gallagher
Labor

Elected Chief Minister

Katy Gallagher
Labor

Candidates are elected to fill all 17 Legislative Assembly seats in the unicameral parliament which consists of three multi-member electorates, Brindabella (five seats), Ginninderra (five seats) and Molonglo (seven seats), using a proportional representationsingle transferable vote method known as the Hare-Clark system. The election was conducted by the ACT Electoral Commission.

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  • Last day to lodge applications for party register: 30 June 2012
  • Party registration closed: 13 September 2012
  • Pre-election period commenced and nominations opened: 14 September 2012
  • Rolls closed: 21 September 2012
  • Nominations closed: 26 September 2012
  • Nominations declared and ballot paper order determined: 27 September 2012
  • Pre-poll voting commenced: 2 October 2012
  • Polling day, between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm: 20 October 2012[4]

The incumbent Labor Party led by Chief MinisterKaty Gallagher attempted to win re-election for a historic fourth term after 11 years in government in the 17-member unicameralACT Legislative Assembly. Labor, led by Jon Stanhope, formed a minority government after the 2008 election, with Greens holding the balance of power – Labor 7 seats (37.4%), Liberal 6 seats (31.6%), Greens 4 seats (15.6%).[5][6][7] Stanhope resigned as Chief Minister and Labor leader on 12 May 2011, and was replaced by his deputy, Katy Gallagher.

All members of the unicameral Assembly faced re-election, with members being elected by the Hare-Clark system of proportional representation. The Assembly is divided into three electorates: five-member Brindabella (including Tuggeranong and parts of the Woden Valley) and Ginninderra (including Belconnen and suburbs) and seven-member Molonglo (including North Canberra, South Canberra, Gungahlin, Weston Creek, and the remainder of the Woden Valley). Election dates are set in statute with four-year fixed terms.

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