Voting trend still favours O'Dowd
THE tedious snail-pace counting of pre-poll and postal votes may stretch out over further days, but the trend still shows the Liberal National Party’s Ken O’Dowd as the favourite to win the seat of Flynn.
During yesterday’s count, the votes were trending towards Mr O’Dowd with the LNP candidate leading by 2655 votes, or having 52.01 per cent of the votes counted.
“I just hope it keeps tracking like that,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“But you never know what tomorrow brings. There is still another six days of counting so a lot can happen over that time.”
Yesterday’s difference showed a gradually higher swing towards Mr O’Dowd who led by 2231 on Wednesday, 2007 on Tuesday and 2001 on Monday.
Australian Electoral Commission spokeswoman Caroline D’Allura said AEC was continuing counting the postal votes.
“There are about 1000 they will count tomorrow, from 9am,” she said.
Ms D’Allura said there should be updated figures by lunchtime today.
She said the AEC would also be doing some pre-poll counts today with results given in the afternoon.
“They are plodding along,” Ms D’Allura said.
She said the AEC should know by end of next week who had won in Flynn, or if there had to be a recount, which occurred automatically if there was a difference of less than 100 votes.
The tally for the nation stood at 71 seats to the Labor Party and 73 seats to the Liberal National Party at 4.51pm yesterday.