ORC can­di­date seek­ing re­count

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

The for­mer Otago Re­gional Coun­cil can­di­date who lost his seat to me­dia per­son­al­ity Michael Laws by five votes is seek­ing a re­count.

Gary Kel­li­her, a Cen­tral Otago farmer, said he had ap­plied on Mon­day to the court for an of­fi­cial re­count of the Otago Re­gional Coun­cil Dun­stan Con­stituency elec­tion.

‘‘After much thought and dis­cus­sion with fam­ily over the week­end, I have de­cided to ap­ply to the court for an of­fi­cial re­count of the Otago Re­gional Coun­cil Dun­stan Con­stituency elec­tion. I was dis­ap­pointed in the out­come and for it to be such a close mar­gin of five votes, we all agree that for peace of mind we need to com­plete the fi­nal step avail­able which is a re­count. I have also been hum­bled by the num­ber of peo­ple and groups who have ap­proached me over the week­end of­fer­ing their sup­port and en­cour­age­ment re­count.’’

He had told Laws he was seek­ing the re­count and they had ac­knowl­edged to each other they would not be­grudge a re­count if the out­come was close should ei­ther choose to re­quest it, he said.

Laws said he re­spected Kel­li­her for seek­ing the re­count and wished him and his fam­ily ‘‘the best of fra­ter­nal wishes dur­ing what must be a stress­ful time.’’

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