Two candidates who were set to contest next month’s Eurobodalla Shire Council elections have sensationally withdrawn from the ballot on social media, citing clerical errors as the reason for their departure.

Dale Blake and Mathew Hatcher were both due to run under the Community Action Alliance Group, before each goingon Facebook on August 12toannouncethey wouldno longer be a part of September’s vote.

In his post, Mr Blake said that it was “with a heavy heart” that he will not be running for councilor, going on to state that “due to a clerical error, which I won’t go into details about, the Australian Electoral Commission has made a decision that has ruled me out of running.”

Mr Blake alsodeclaredhis support for the CAA councillors, Todd Leslight and Liz Innes, and outlinedjobs as a major issue for the upcoming elections.

His CAA counterpart, Mathew Hatcher, offered a similarly nondescript explanation, only mentioningan error had been made before thanking his supporters.

“I won’t go into detail, but the AEC has made a decision that I don’t necessarily agree with,” he said

“To say I’m extremely gutted is a huge understatement.

“I feel like I have a huge amount of knowledge, passion and vision that I could have brought to council and have had overwhelming support from the community.

“I can not say enough thanks to everyone that has supported me, endorsed me, and believed in me.”

Liz Innes was not available for comment yesterday.

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