Spe­cial votes con­firm wins

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ELENA MCPHEE

The fi­nal vote count is in - and the Ran­gi­tata and Waitaki elec­torates re­main firmly blue, with no sig­nif­i­cant shift in Na­tional’s ma­jor­ity.

Newly-elected Ran­gi­tata Na­tional Party MP An­drew Fal­loon saw his vote count climb by 1765 to 19,994 as the spe­cial vote results were re­leased on Satur­day.

In sec­ond place, Ran­gi­tata Labour Party can­di­date and new list MP Jo Lux­ton saw a slightly smaller rise of 1244, from 12,419 to 13,663.

Fal­loon said the fi­nal to­tal looked ‘‘pretty good’’ and was in keep­ing with the pre­lim­i­nary re­sult for the re­gion.

‘‘I mean I wasn’t prob­a­bly ex­pect­ing too much change,’’ he said.

Na­tional’s party vote rose from 18,221 to 20,106, while Labour’s party vote rose from 11,467 to 12,729.

Fal­loon said it was ‘‘in­cred­i­bly hum­bling’’ to have re­ceived the sup­port of the Ran­gi­tata com­mu­nity.

‘‘I worked very hard dur­ing the cam­paign to earn the sup­port of ev­ery­one I could, and I will be work­ing very hard for ev­ery­one re­gard­less of who they voted for.’’

He had a ‘‘fairly busy’’ week ahead of him, in­ter­view­ing po­ten­tial staff.

Na­tion­ally, Labour and the Greens have each won an ex­tra seat in Par­lia­ment.

Green list can­di­date Gol­riz Ghahra­man and Labour list can­di­date Angie War­ren-Clarke dis­lodged Na­tional Party can­di­dates Ni­cola Willis and Mau­reen Pugh.

While the Greens got to add Ghahra­man, Lux­ton said she would have liked to have seen former MP Mojo Mathers - who lives in Peel For­est - re­turn as well.

In the Waitaki elec­torate, Na­tional MP Jac­qui Dean re­tained her ma­jor­ity and re­ceived nearly 2000 more votes, with a to­tal of 24,054 votes com­pared to the pre­lim­i­nary count of 22,308.

Sec­ond-place get­ter Labour party can­di­date Zelie Al­lan saw her vote count climb from 10,795 to 12,054 through spe­cial votes.

Labour se­cured 1627 more votes in the party vote in the Waitaki, while Na­tional re­ceived 2522 ex­tra votes, bring­ing them to 13,241 and 23,685 re­spec­tively.

Dean said she was pleased with her own re­sult and the party’s fi­nal re­sult, but dis­ap­pointed Na­tional had lost two seats.

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