LISTEN| Gladstone candidate's request for recount rejected


The electoral commission has confirmed there will be no recount leaving Returning Officer Mark Larney free to declare the results this afternoon. 

The eight councillors will be; Chris Trevor, Cindi Bush, Rick Hansen, PJ Sobhanian, Glenn Churchill, Desley O'Grady, Peter Masters and Kahn Goodluck.


A RECOUNT is being considered for the Gladstone Regional Council elections after councillor candidate Alex Staines lodged a formal request.

Mr Staines, who polled ninth, told The Observer yesterday afternoon he was yet to decide whether to ask for a recount --- but hoped Electoral Commission Queensland would conduct a manual count of their own accord.

Early this morning the electoral commission said it was not considering a recount, however The Observer has since learned Mr Staines lodged a formal request yesterday evening.

ECQ Returning Officer Mark Larney --- who was intending to declare the results today --- says he is waiting for advice from the commissioner on whether the ballots will be recounted.

We spoke to Mr Staines about why he lodged the request.

A recount has also been requested in Mackay and electoral commission told the Mackay Daily Mercury a recount could take up to 10 days.

"It is important to remember that local government elections are conducted by the commission on a cost recovery basis, meaning the costs of elections are passed on directly to a council's ratepayers," Electoral Commission Queensland assistant director Carrick Brough told the Mackay Mercury.

"Accordingly the Commission will very carefully consider requests, bearing in mind the ultimate cost to ratepayers."

LISTEN | Alex Staines says there's "uncertainty" within the community on the count