Monday, 25 June 2012

Your vote is important

The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) is throwing its weight behind the Australian Electoral Commission’s campaign to encourage new citizens to register and vote in elections.

FECCA Chair, Pino Migliorino, said voting was both a right and a duty for all Australians, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

"It is very important that after making the effort to come to this country, to live here permanently and become a member of the great Australian family, immigrants also play a full part in deciding the nation’s future by choosing who governs it," Mr Migliorino said.

"I realise that for some CALD Australians, the concept of voting is viewed from the political and social context in their country of origin. Indeed some may have come from countries where participation in national affairs was either banned or actively discouraged.

"However, in Australia having all citizens vote is a foundation of our democratic process. As such everyone who reaches the age of 18 or have become citizens should vote, when called upon, in Federal, State and local government elections.

"Your voice is powerful; your decisions count."

Mr Migliorino said anyone in doubt about how to register to vote should visit the Australian Electoral Commission’s website at www.aec.gov.au or call 1300 720 153.

"You can also get enrolment forms at AEC office or post offices," he said.

Media Comments: For further information call the FECCA office on 02 6282 5755 or Pino Migliorino on 0411 137 700

http://fecca.org.au/news/item/221-your-vote-is-important-register-to-make-it-count

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