Pre-poll voting opens at Tozer Street, Gympie. March 14, 2016.Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times
Pre-poll voting opens at Tozer Street, Gympie. March 14, 2016.Photo Patrick Woods / Gympie Times Patrick Woods

Election count final tomorrow

GYMPIE council election returning officer Ken Garner expects to make a final announcement on the election result tomorrow.

With a postal vote deadline of 6pm today (no votes received after then will be counted), a final count will be possible in any doubtful divisions.

Electoral Commission Queensland says it is only possible to declare winners when all votes are in and counted, or in areas where one candidate has an unassailable lead.

That was the case last Thursday when Mr Garner declared Mick Curran elected as Mayor.

He also declared victory for three other candidates, now councillors.

They were Glen Hartwig in Division 2, Mal Gear in Division 3 and Bob Leitch in Division 7.

Mr Gear defeated incumbent Rae Gate.

In Division 8, a widely predicted victory for James Cochrane would oust incumbent Julie Walker, leaving the new council without any female representatives.

But neither candidate was calling the result, even though Mr Cochrane is in the lead on counting so far.

Mr Garner said he would now take a close look at Division 1, where incumbent Mark McDonald claimed victory on election night.

Division 4 remains too close to call and counting there will almost certainly involve preferences, with no candidate achieving 50% support.

This means second preferences will be distributed from the candidate with the lowest number of votes.

Further preferences will be distributed if needed, until one candidate achieves 50% and wins.

Preferences may also be important in Division 6, but incumbent Ray Currie has a strong primary lead.

A large number of votes still outstanding means either a lot of late postal votes or non-voters.