Votes still be­ing counted but La­bor claims Cook

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

Pic­ture: Bec Singh

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.

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