Chris Trevor.
Chris Trevor.

Race for Flynn not over

CHRIS Trevor is still in the running to be the returned ALP Member for Flynn, with the Australian Electoral Commission yesterday saying it will be weeks before the seat is declared.

AEC media spokeswoman Caroline D'Allura said there was a difference of 2001 votes between the two candidates with about 73 per cent of the votes counted.

She said there were 7400 pre-polling votes and 9191 issued postal votes, due in by September 3, yet to be counted and it would be weeks before the seat would be declared.

Ms D'Allura said that yesterday was a fresh scrutineering day, with votes cast on Saturday being recounted.

She said counting of pre-polling votes and postal votes that had already been sent would start today.

Liberal National Party's Ken O'Dowd was declared winner not even two hours after polls closed, just after 7.30pm on Saturday by political reporters.

However, Mr O'Dowd yesterday said he agreed the declaration was premature.

“It's probably a bit early to call,” he said.

It was believed that Mr Trevor has not conceded defeat yet. However, repeated attempts for comment from the Labor Party member's office went unanswered yesterday.

Mr Trevor was tight-lipped in July for two and a half weeks over his political future after the Labor Party removed Kevin Rudd as prime minister.

Liberal National Party candidate Ken O'Dowd, who was leading the count 51.59 per cent to 48.41 per cent yesterday, said the counting needed to be done as soon as possible because industry, a vital component of the Australian economy and workforce, was showing signs of slowing down.

“I've been told it's (the count and declarations) going to run alongside with what's going on in Canberra,” he said.

“It's a matter of sitting down and holding on to your hat. The whole nation is on standby now.”

There were four seats in Australia yet to be determined, with reports suggesting Australia could have a hung parliament for the first time in 60 years.


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