Votes still being counted but Labor claims Cook
LABOR is claiming the seat of Cook despite Electoral Commission Queensland having not announced an election winner.
An Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) spokeswomen said hundreds of postal votes have been returned to the Cook electorate following last Saturday’s Election Day.
“People have up until ten days after the election to return their postal votes (the deadline is stated in the Electoral Act 1992),” the spokeswomen said.
“Votes cast in other parts of Australia and the world (by people enrolled to vote in Cook) are also being sent back to the Cook electorate to be counted.
“In seats where the race is tight, we could be waiting for the postal votes to be sent back and counted before it is possible to declare a winner.
“Returning to a full preferential voting system means the count is likely to take longer but ECQ is committed to declaring results as quickly as possible.”
At the time of print, Labor candidate for Cook Cynthia Lui said she is confident that she had won the seat of Cook and will hit the ground running once she is sworn in.
She said every election commitment she has promised the Cook electorate before being elected will be delivered.
She said she also look forward to meeting with community stakeholders such at the Save the Mareeba Hospital Group (SMHG) and councils to get an even bigger picture of what is needed in each community.
“Once things start to settle down and confirmation has come through I will definitely be starting on issues in Mareeba,” she said.
“I am really keen to sit down with the SMHG. I looked forward to working alongside relevant stakeholders in Mareeba and I am hoping to start discussions in the New Year.
“Health education and employment is something I look forward to investing with in the future.”
A definite announcement should be made next week.
Biboohra State School year 6 student Ryan Hill, 11 and Tolga State School year 6 student Matthew Heggie, 11, look forward to learning at the year 6 transition day at Mareeba State High School.