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Electing the Honorary President
The Electoral Law
Under section 60, the Parliament would be required to pass a law to provide the detailed provisions concerning the election of the Honorary President. The provisions within the law would include:
Unless the number of states changes, the there will be no more than seven parliamentary nominees. The number of publicly petitioned nominees is limited to three. The law would need to proscribe a method of reducing the number of petitioned nominees. This could be simply done by eliminating those candidates with the least signatures. The law could introduce a numerical penalty if the petition did not involve a spread of states.
The method of election must consider that there will be ten or close to ten candidates, most of who are respected members of the community and many of who would have served as a Governor. The authorís preferred method would allow electors to vote for more than one candidate, with each vote contributing equally to the candidates tally.
Above: Sample ballot allowing multiple endorsements
Under this system an elector could acknowledge the community contribution and suitability of several candidates without preferencing. Ballots could also be tallied electronically.
Finally, given that the election of the Honorary President is of no political consequence, it would be appropriate to conduct the election via postal ballot. In their own homes, electors could read the profiles of candidates and complete their ballot as they proceed. There would be no tally room build-up but a sober announcement of the results by the Australian Electoral Commissioner.