Seminar for Newcastle and Charlestown state candidates

THE Electoral Commission of NSW has announced a candidate information session for the upcoming byelections for Newcastle and Charlestown.

The byelection for the two seats will be held in late October after Liberal MPs Tim Owen and Andrew Cornwell admitted accepting alleged illegal donations from developers, and resigned.

Topics covered by the seminar include election advertising, funding and disclosure obligations and public scrutiny of candidates.

Although nominations for the seats do not officially open until Friday, October 3, there have been a number of public announcements by people intending to run.

Four people have already declared they will run for the seat of Newcastle - Labor councillor Tim Crakanthorp, Greens councillor Michael Osborne, Independent Jacqueline Haines, and former Hunter Medicare Local chairwoman Karen Howard.

Three have announced they will run in Charlestown - Lake Macquarie mayor and Labor party member Jodie Harrison, The Greens' NSW deputy secretary Jane Oakley and Independent Arjay Martin.

The byelection candidate seminar will be held at Cooks Hill on Tuesday, September 23.

■ A Newcastle council spokesperson said the council was yet to receive a date from the NSW Electoral Commission of when the byelection for a new lord mayor would be held.