A western Sydney mayor was allegedly assaulted outside a polling booth on Saturday in an ugly postscript to the NSW council elections.
Police have charged a 29-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou outside a Merryland school.
Officers were called to Fowler Road School around 5pm after reports of an alleged assault.
Video of the incident posted online shows Mr Christou, in an orange shirt, in a heated verbal and physical altercation with a man in a white shirt and grey shorts.
Mr Christou was allegedly assaulted before bystanders intervened to break up the incident.
NSW Police said that it has been alleged that Mr Christou was threatened and assaulted before the man left the scene.
A 29-year-old man was arrested on Saturday night at a Merrylands business before he was taken to Granville Police Station and charged with common assault.
He will appear in Fairfield Local Court next month.
In a statement, Mr Christou thanked all the people concerned about his welfare after the incident.
“I am recovering at home and doing well,” he said.
“As this incident is under police investigation, I am unable to comment further on this matter, however, I will say that yesterday, we saw the ugly side of politics.”
He said it was a sad indictment on politics in Australia.
“I did not know this person and did nothing to antagonise him. There is never any justification for violence and people should respect each other’s views.
“This is not the Australia I know and love. I look forward to the police findings.”
Meanwhile, City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore is set to be returned for a fifth term despite suffering a big swing against her.
Moore has led the council for 17 years and on Saturday attracted 43.6 per cent of the vote.
She was returned despite suffering a 14.2 per cent swing against her, with independent Yvonne Weldon picking up 16.1 per cent of the vote.