Voters will have to wait until December to head to the polls to elect councillors for Narrabri Shire Council.

The election has been delayed due to the worsening COVID outbreak in Sydney and surrounding metropolitan areas.

Announcing the election’s delay at the weekend, Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said the new poll date would be Saturday, December 4.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current Public Health Orders impacting Greater Sydney, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the local government elections until later this year,” she said.

“We have taken this step to postpone the election to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities, voters, polling staff and candidates.”

The snap decision was made from talks between the NSW government, NSW Health and the NSW Electoral Commission.

Nominations for the December 4 poll will open on Monday, October 25 and will close on Wednesday, November 3.

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