A result for the seat of Indi could be known as early as this morning, with less than 500 vote still to be counted.By Monique Freer
A result for the seat of Indi could be known this morning, with less than 500 declaration votes left to count.
At the close of counting yesterday independent Cathy McGowan led the Liberal Member of Parliament Sophie Mirabella by 387 votes on a two-candidate-preferred basis. She had 44 423 votes (50.22 per cent) and Mrs Mirabella 44 036 (49.78 per cent).
‘‘I’m really pleased, it just adds to that feeling that the community of Indi has done a fantastic job,’’ Ms McGowan told the Ensign.
‘‘I’m hopeful we’ll get over the line. If I get in as an independent it’ll be a magnificent thing.’’
Phil Diak from the Australian Electoral Commission said scrutiny was being conducted on previous vote counts yesterday, and it was likely counting would resume for the remaining votes today.
Some of the final postal votes will not be counted until Friday, as under AEC regulations officials must allow 13 days for all postal votes to be received.
However, Mrs Mirabella has been slowly edging closer to Ms McGowan, cutting her lead from 1452 votes on Thursday to 515 late on Sunday.
Ms McGowan’s lead was bolstered by the discovery of 1000 votes for her at a Wangaratta pre-polling booth last Wednesday.
AEC public awareness officer Dan Doherty said a routine check identified there were 1003 more senate ballot papers than those for the house of representatives, forcing a fresh scrutiny.
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Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
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Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
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