Rape-accused Victorian Green will still appear on ballot
An unnamed Greens candidate in Victoria's election faces an accusation of serious sexual misconduct but will still appear on ballot papers with voters none the wiser.
The allegation was made in writing to state party leader Samantha Ratnam at 8.26am today.
"The Greens take allegations of this nature extremely seriously," the party said in a statement.
"At 10.12am Samantha Ratnam personally contacted the complainant to confirm that their message had been received, was being taken seriously and that immediate actions were being taken to initiate an investigation in line with agreed processes."
The woman has asked to remain anonymous and "out of respect for her we don't feel it's appropriate to make any further comment", the party said.
The candidate has been ordered to "withdraw from all campaign-related activities" by the party while investigations continue. It's unclear if this means the man's candidature representing the Greens continues.
He and the electorate he is contesting, have not been named.
More than a million people have already voted in the election.