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First members of SA Voice announced as counting begins

Seven members of Indigenous communities in South Australia's far north have been elected to represent their region in the state's inaugural First Nations Voice.

The first representatives elected to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice have been announced in South Australia as counting in the nation-first elections gets underway.

Mark Campbell, Melissa Thompson, Johnathon Lyons, Dharma Ducasse-Singer, Dawn Brown, Christopher Dodd and Donald Fraser will represent the Far North region in the state's voice, the Electoral Commission of South Australia announced on Monday.

Voters from across the state went to polls on March 16 to elect 46 representatives across six regions.

The Far North region is the largest geographically and the most sparsely populated, with 301 formal votes entered in total. 

Mr Campbell received the highest share, with 70 votes, while Ms Brown received the lowest successful total of 11 votes.

Legislation enshrining the SA Voice passed the House of Assembly in March 2023.

SA's First Nations Voice will be an elected body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The bill sets out six regional voices across the state, each with seven representatives to be directly elected by their local communities.

The Central region, which covers metropolitan Adelaide and has the highest population of eligible voters, will have 11 representatives.

Each local voice will have two presiding members, one female and one male, who will chair local meetings and act as their region's representatives in a 12-person state voice.

It will be the role of that state voice to directly advocate the concerns and ideas of the communities to parliament.

Counting in the Flinders and Upper North region also began on Monday, while the Riverland and South East region and West and West Coast are scheduled to kick off on Tuesday.

The Yorke and Mid-North region and the Central region will be counted on Wednesday.

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