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Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS - Cas Gar­vey Act­ing editor Ph 4957 0320 / Mob 0428 067 357

AN­DREW Will­cox’s com­par­i­son be­tween the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil may­oral race to last year’s NRL grand fi­nal golden point is a pretty amus­ing one.

I watched the Cow­boys vs Bron­cos show­down in an Air­lie Beach pub back in Oc­to­ber, and I have to say the re­sults of the coun­cil elec­tion is a far cry from the nail-bit­ing cliff-hanger that was Johnathan Thurston’s mo­ment of glory.

I’ve been watch­ing with in­ter­est (though not quite on the edge of my seat like when the ball was handed to Thurston dur­ing the golden point) the snail’s pace elec­tion re­sults on the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion web­site.

We spoke to likely Divi­sion 6 coun­cil­lor Mike Brunker this week who was sim­i­larly frus­trated at the de­lay in declar­ing a win­ner, tip­ping it would stretch the full 10 days post-polling day al­lowed be­fore a new mayor and coun­cil was of­fi­cially an­nounced.

The ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s lips is a fair one: Why?

Why, when other elec­torates have al­ready had their new coun­cil de­clared and vic­tory par­ties have all been cleaned up, is it tak­ing so long for the Whit­sun­days?

As Brunker said, it would be un­der­stand­able if the dif­fer­ence was that of 20 or 30 votes – but 2112?

Is it be­cause they’re still to count more votes from the south­ern end of the elec­torate that would tip the scale in Jenny Whit­ney’s favour? Is there a stack of postal and dec­la­ra­tion votes that could change the out­come?

We’re not get­ting many an­swers from ECQ but you can rest as­sure we will con­tinue to ask them over the com­ing days.

Keep an eye on whit­sun­day­times.com .au for any up­dates – when we of­fi­cially know who our new mayor is, you will too.

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