Qld council polls still going ahead

Michael Doyle

Queenslanders will still be going to the polls on March 28 to vote in council elections despite the coronavirus crisis.

The state's electoral commission said local government election will still be held, at this stage.

Additional hygiene precautions are have been organised at the 1500 early voting centres, says Queensland's Electoral Commissioner Pat Vidgen.

"Elections facilitate an essential service by providing for democratic representation for Queenslanders," Mr Vidgen said on Sunday.

"However, we recognise that this is an extraordinary situation and are adapting our service model accordingly."

A spokesperson for the QEC said on Monday the elections were still going ahead as planned.

There has been a surge in postal vote applications, with nearly 100,000 since Friday afternoon.

Postal vote applications close at 7pm on Monday.

With the coronavirus issue constantly changing the ECQ is asking voters to check their website for updates.

"This is a unique and evolving situation and we will update voters if circumstances change," Mr Vidgen said.

"I encourage people to check the ECQ website for up-to-date information about how to cast their vote"