Count con­tin­ues

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Ripon vot­ers are still wait­ing to learn who will rep­re­sent them in Vic­to­ria’s lower house for the next four years.

Vote count­ing has been go­ing on since the Novem­ber 24 state elec­tion but is yet to pro­duce a clear out­come in the elec­torate, which en­com­passes Wim­mera cities Ararat and Stawell.

In­cum­bent Lib­eral Louise Sta­ley had a minis­cule buf­fer of 79 votes be­tween her and La­bor chal­lenger Sarah De San­tis at 4pm yes­ter­day, with 91.38 per­cent of the vote counted ac­cord­ing to the Vic­to­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion web­site.

Ripon is one of a few elec­torates that has been left wait­ing for the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of vote count­ing.

The Bayswa­ter, Brunswick and Ne­pean races are all sep­a­rated by less than one per­cent of the vote, with about 90 per­cent of votes counted in each elec­torate.

Ripon was also one of the most mar­ginal elec­torates at the 2014 state elec­tion, with Sta­ley claim­ing the seat by just 0.8 per­cent ahead of La­bor’s Daniel Mc­glone af­ter pref­er­ences.

Be­fore 2014 La­bor’s Joe Helper held the seat for 15 years.

Louise Sta­ley

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