Hills Liberal candidate ineligible for election

It has been discovered that Dermot O'Sullivan who is the No.2 on the Hills Liberal local government election ticket is ineligible to contest the September 8 election.

He was preselected to run at his fifth attempt, but his happiness must have been brief.

After the forms were put in, the NSW Electoral Commission smartly informed the Liberals that he is not on the electoral roll and is thus ineligible.

The commission has advised the Liberals they have 24 hours to nominate a replacement, or the remaining candidates' eligibility for preselection will be put at risk.

They have until 5pm today.

Last month, the then mayor of the Hills Shire, Liberal councillor Greg Burnett, resigned after the Herald revealed he was facing allegations for forging cheques worth $285,000, something he denies.

The following day, it emerged that another councillor, Peter Dimbrowsky, was rejected as a Liberal candidate after failing to disclose a drink-driving conviction.

Another Liberal councillor, Robyn Preston, soon after garnered unwelcome scrutiny when it was alleged she had been a Penthouse Pet in the early 1980s and had not disclosed the fact to the Liberal Party during the candidate vetting process.

The claims didn't matter in the end, as Preston was preselected as No.1 on the north ward's ticket.

The infighting plaguing the Hills Liberals is believed to be happening between the ''hard'' and ''centre'' right factions of the NSW Liberals.

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