By Melissa Sheil
DESPITE being fired from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation over racist online comments, Forrestfield candidate Roger Barnett is still in the running to win a seat according to the WA Electoral Commission (WAEC).
“This year, nominations closed on February 12 and once nominations close, changes cannot be made to ballot paper,” he said.
“Should a candidate who has been disendorsed by a party subsequently gather the most number of votes in an electorate, as per the WAEC’s counting procedure, that candidate is still declared the winner.”
Only days before Saturday’s State election, Mr Barnett was dumped by One Nation after racially charged comments towards Indigenous and Muslim people were found on his Facebook page.
He also made remarks about different ethnic groups that shop in Mirrabooka and hateful comments about religious groups which Echo News has chosen not to publish.
One Nation WA secretary David Modolo said the party did not support Mr Barnett’s behaviour.
“We have a clear stance that we don’t tolerate that behaviour or extremism, especially allegations of domestic violence,” he said.
“Our team conducted the vetting process of Mr Barnett when he applied for candidacy, but this obviously wasn’t picked up and the party wasn’t aware of it.
“On the very slim chance he were to get in, he would have no backing from One Nation and would essentially be an independent.”
One Nation said that Mr Barnett regrets his comments, though many remain posted on his public Facebook page.