• Leonardo Puglisi

MP claims Victorian Electoral Commission called security on her at their building in Melbourne

Catherine Cumming set up the Independence Party earlier this year.

A Victorian Upper House MP has claimed the state's electoral commission called security on her at their building in Melbourne's CBD.


Catherine Cumming was elected as a member of Derryn Hinch's Justice Party in 2018, but left the party before being sworn in. She's since sat as an independent before forming the Independence Party earlier this year.


The party is currently unregistered, with the deadline for registration fast approaching ahead of next month's state election.


In a livestream shown on Facebook, Cumming - who had also livestreamed inside the VEC building several hours earlier - claimed "security chase(d) me up the lift...the VEC called security on me."


"There were two security (guards)...I actually videotaped upstairs."

6 News has not been able to independently verify Cumming's claims.


In addition to the Independence Party, 7 other parties trying to contest the election are not yet registered: the Angry Victorians Party, the Australian Democrats, the Australian Federation Party, Family Matters Australia, FUSION, the Indigenous-Aboriginal Party of Australia & the Restore Democracy Sack Dan Andrews Party.


Cumming stated in the livestream that the Angry Victorians Party had been able to get a "list of members."


She is one of 5 MPs in the Western Metropolitan Region, one of 8 Legislative Council electorates in Victoria.


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