La­bor yet to of­fi­cially ap­peal seat

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

The Vic­to­rian La­bor Party is yet to for­mally ap­peal the re­sult of the Vic­to­rian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion vote count in the elec­torate of Ripon.

The elec­toral com­mis­sion an­nounced last month that in­cum­bent Lib­eral Louise Sta­ley had re­tained the seat by 15 votes, edg­ing out La­bor chal­lenger Sarah De San­tis af­ter weeks of vote count­ing.

How­ever, fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, La­bor as­sis­tant state sec­re­tary Kos­mos Sa­ma­ras said the party would take court ac­tion to chal­lenge the re­sult.

“We will be lodg­ing an ap­peal with the court of dis­puted re­turns,” he said.

“The La­bor party holds con­cerns that a for­mal re­count was not per­formed.

“A re­count should in­volve a full re-ex­am­i­na­tion of all bal­lot pa­pers and should fol­low the same process as the orig­i­nal count.”

De­spite con­firm­ing it would chal­lenge the re­sult in De­cem­ber, elec­toral com­mis­sion spokes­woman Marie Guerin said La­bor was yet to for­mally do so.

“There’s been no up­date on that so far,” she said.

“They have un­til Jan­uary 24 to lodge an ap­pli­ca­tion with the court of dis­puted re­turns, so if they want to do it, it will have to be be­fore then.”

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