A man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a mayor of western Sydney during Saturday’s local council election.
Police were called to a polling station at a school in Merrylands around 5pm after Cumberland City Council Mayor Steve Christou was allegedly assaulted.
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Video taken at the scene shows a man in Adidas shorts pushing for the mayor, who is seen dressed in an orange shirt.
Hours later, around 10 p.m., and following inquiries, a 29-year-old man was arrested at a nearby store.
He was taken to Granville police station, where he was charged with assault.
The 29-year-old received conditional bail to appear in court on January 12 next year.
After the incident, Christou said he was recovering at home and “was fine”.
“I want to thank all the people who are concerned about my welfare after I was assaulted outside a polling station at Merrylands Public School yesterday,” he said in a statement Sunday.
“Since this incident is under police investigation, I can not comment further on this case, but I will say that yesterday we saw the ugly side of politics.
“I think it’s a very sad accusation about where politics is heading in Australia, where we see that election candidates who have put themselves forward to serve society can be assaulted outside a polling station.”
Sir. Christou said he did not know the other man and did nothing to antagonize him.
“There is never any justification for violence and people should respect each other’s views,” Mr Christou added.
“This is not the Australia I know and love.
– I look forward to the police results.