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Sydney's Clover Moore up for tough fight

AAP logoAAP 8/09/2016

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore's 12-year reign over Australia's biggest city could soon be up as voters head to the polls for council elections this weekend.

The NSW government's controversial changes to voting rules mean businesses in the City of Sydney will now get two votes each in Saturday's election.

The changes, which were imposed by the Baird government on Ms Moore's council only, mean the 70-year-old politician faces an uphill battle to secure a fourth term.

Ms Moore has previously accused the Baird government's of gerrymandering and says the rules will advantage the Liberal Party's own mayoral candidate, Christine Foster.

Ms Foster, the sister of former prime minister Tony Abbott, has promised to re-establish the business relationships she claims Ms Moore has lost during her tenure.

She's also promised to improve the environmental performance of the council and is opposed to the Coalition state government's lockout laws.

Also up on Sydney's ticket is Greens candidate Daryl Johnston, Labor's Linda Scott and Angela Vithoulkas for the Sydney Matters Independent Team.

Only 77 other local elections will take place across NSW this weekend after the state government forcibly merged more than 40 local councils as part of its amalgamation reform earlier this year.

Elections for the remaining councils have been deferred to September 2017.

Pre-polling booths for Saturday's elections will close at 6pm on Friday.

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