PUP in don­key favour

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Perth

The Palmer United Party has had a mi­nor win in the Can­ning by-elec­tion cam­paign by tak­ing out the top spot on the bal­lot pa­per.

The or­der in which the 12 can­di­dates’ names ap­pear on vot­ing cards was de­clared in a draw yesterday and de­cided the sup­port of don­key vot­ers — peo­ple who list their pref­er­ences from the top down be­cause of ap­a­thy or protest.

The de­cided or­der means PUP can­di­date Vi­mal Sharma could claim dou­ble-fig­ure sup­port as a re­sult of his prime po­si­tion.

Last Fed­eral elec­tion, PUP re­ceived 6.9 per cent of the vote in Can­ning, one of the party’s best re­sults in Western Aus­tralia.

Lib­eral Demo­crat Con­nor Whit­tle will also get a boost from his po­si­tion in sec­ond place, with vot­ers pre­vi­ously con­fus­ing the party for the sim­i­larly named Lib­er­als.

Mean­while, the Lib­er­als and La­bor have not gained any ad­van­tage over each other with their spots in sixth and eighth, re­spec­tively.

The Greens have also lost the ben­e­fit of the don­key vote by draw­ing ninth.

The by-elec­tion, which was trig­gered by the sud­den death of long-stand­ing Lib­eral MP Don Ran­dall, will be held on Septem­ber 19. AAP

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