Despite the high-profile candidates, front-page splashes and tens of thousands sunk into campaigns, only a fraction of votes have been returned for the City of Perth elections this weekend.

Veteran Perth journo Peter Kennedy told Botica’s Bunch that out of 15,200 election packages that were sent out to the electorate, only about 25 per cent had returned. That’s roughly 4000.

“They’re obviously waiting for a surge,” he said.

Voter turnout for the last City of Perth council election was only 37 per cent.

Kennedy suggested that the prominence of some of the candidates could lead to a better turnout.

Speaking of such celeb candidates… PK also gave us his hot tip on who the front runners are.

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