Seats hang in bal­ance across the re­gion

Central Queensland News - - NEWS -

IT’S a far cry from their pre-elec­tion hopes but One Na­tion will have a pres­ence in the next Queens­land par­lia­ment.

In Gre­gory, which en­com­passes Emer­ald and sur­rounds, the LNP’s Lach­lan Mil­lar picked up close to 45 per cent of the pri­mary vote and will be re­turned.

One Na­tion’s Mark Hig­gins came sec­ond.

Pauline Hanson’s party has won the seat of Mi­rani, with can­di­date Stephen An­drew oust­ing La­bor stal­wart Jim Pearce, though yes­ter­day nei­ther was pre­pared to de­clare the race over.

With more than 78 per cent of the vote counted, Mr An­drew had 31.64 per cent of the first pref­er­ence vote to Mr Pearce’s 37 per cent; how­ever, with the LNP’s pref­er­ences Mr An­drews pushes ahead with 54 per cent of the vote.

He is the only One Na­tion can­di­date to win a seat de­spite Se­na­tor Hanson’s pre-elec­tion hopes her party could win as many as 10.

Wade Roth­ery re­mains in the mix for Rock­hamp­ton.

Mean­while, the fron­trun­ner for the seat of Cal­lide, the LNP’s Colin Boyce, is re­fus­ing to claim vic­tory as count­ing con­tin­ues fol­low­ing Satur­day’s state elec­tion.

The seat re­mains a three-horse race, with Mr Boyce lead­ing with 32.11 per cent of the pri­mary vote, lead­ing One Na­tion’s Sharon Lohse (26.04 per cent) and the ALP’s Dar­ren Black­wood (22.3 per cent) at 5pm last night.

The LNP can­di­date is likely to claim Cal­lide, but will wait un­til later this week for an of­fi­cial dec­la­ra­tion.

“I’m not claim­ing vic­tory and it’s the same statewide,” Mr Boyce said.

“The LNP has not con­ceded and the ALP can­not claim vic­tory ei­ther.

“Postal votes are still valid un­til Tues­day so it will be sev­eral days un­til we have a re­sult I’d imag­ine.”

Mr Boyce said the ad­di­tion of com­pul­sory pref­er­ence vot­ing in the elec­tion was a “com­pli­cated busi­ness that just takes time”.

An Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of Queens­land spokesper­son said they were re­ceiv­ing hun­dreds of postal votes each day fol­low­ing the elec­tion.

“In seats where the race is tight, we could be wait­ing for the postal votes to be sent back be­fore it is pos­si­ble to de­clare a win­ner,” the spokesper­son said.

The dead­line for the re­turn of postal votes is 5pm on De­cem­ber 5.

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