Declaration of the poll
The Town Crier rang his bell and bellowed:
“Good citizens of Sydney, the declaration of the poll! In a moment the people of this fair city will be advised of their new Lord Mayor and Councillors.
“Upon September 8th, 2012, voters chose a new council, consisting of a Lord Mayor and nine Councillors…the people have decided. And now before you are the results of that election. I hereby call upon the Returning Officer for the City of Sydney elections, who will announce the declaration of the poll!”
The oath of allegiance
“Now the declaration of the poll is an ancient and honorable tradition, dating back to the middle ages in England and even to the Magna Carta I think in 1215. An even more ancient and honourable tradition is the taking of an oath, swearing allegiance towards village, to town and today, city.” The Town Crier boomed.
The Town Crier accidently dropped the paper with the oath. “And what have I done? I have dropped the oath. That is a hanging offense. Please, I beg mercy.
“This is an honour bestowed upon me that I take very seriously. The people of the City of Sydney have elected a council to represent them over the next four years. Councillors would you please repeat after me the following oath of office?”
The Town Crier read out the oath line by line and the councilors repeated it after him.
“I swear to undertake
“The duties of councillor
“In the best interests of the people
“Of this remarkable city
“I will endeavour to respond
“To the needs and aspirations of the people
“With compassion and fairness
“And to plan its future
“With wisdom and farsightedness
“Thank you for entrusting me with such an important duty” he said at full volume.
More images of the event can be seen here