Counting resumes today
THE election race for the seat of Flynn is far from over with counting of votes to resume today.
With no additional counting of pre-poll and postal votes conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission during the weekend, today will see counting resume to determine this closely fought tussle.
According to latest voting figures provided by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), Liberal National Party candidate Ken O'Dowd is leading Labor Party's Chris Trevor by 3215 in first preferences votes.
On a two-candidate preferred basis Mr O'Dowd is ahead by 3352 votes.
With a decision on just who will govern the nation yet to be determined, today will also mark the official start to negotiations between independents Bob Katter, Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott and major parties in Canberra.
Negotiations could influence a much-anticipated decision on the leadership role, and in turn affect major projects across the Flynn electorate such as the $150 million Calliope Crossroads upgrade.
Speaking with The Observer yesterday, Mr O'Dowd said it was important rural Australia got their fair share of the pie – an issue he feels has been neglected in the past.
Mr O'Dowd said with all three independents having rural backgrounds he hoped it would benefit electorates such as Flynn.
He said upgrading Calliope Crossroads was a must – a project that was high on the party's agenda.
“What I would like to see is a Tony Abbott-government with three independents on their side,” Mr O'Dowd said.
Attempts to obtain comments from Mr Trevor's office were unsuccessful yesterday.