It’s of­fi­cial – Terri Boyce named win­ner in Divi­sion 6 by-elec­tion

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

TERRI Boyce has been de­clared the win­ner of the Ba­nana Shire Coun­cil Divi­sion 6 by-elec­tion.

Mrs Boyce’s elec­tion was con­firmed by re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Ray Ovens on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, hav­ing won 715 votes (56.03%) to Bron­wyn Chris­tensen’s 561 (43.97%).

While the elec­tion of­fi­cially closed and count­ing be­gan on Fe­bru­ary 25, a fi­nal re­sult could not be de­clared un­til Wed­nes­day as vot­ers had 10 days to re­turn their bal­lots in the postal vot­ing-only elec­tion. CON­TRIB­UTED

The 81.31% turnout is dif­fi­cult to com­pare to pre­vi­ous elec­tions, with for­mer coun­cil­lor Vaughn Becker hav­ing run un­op­posed in 2016 and 2012.

In the 2008 bal­lot, Mr Becker de­feated Mrs Boyce’s hus­band Colin, a for­mer Ta­room coun­cil­lor, by 1031 votes to 362.

Mrs Boyce last week said she would take some time to ac­cli­mate her­self to the job be­fore push­ing for her bud­get pri­or­i­ties to be in­cluded in the up­com­ing 2017–18 Ba­nana Shire Coun­cil bud­get

She will be sworn in as a coun­cil­lor on Tues­day at 8.45am at the Ba­nana Shire coun­cil cham­bers in Biloela, be­fore at­tend­ing her first coun­cil work­shop.

Terri Boyce.

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