Noosa ballot recount request rejected

1st April 2016 9:31 AM
Noosa Mayor elect Tony Wellington. Noosa Mayor elect Tony Wellington. Geoff Potter

THE new Noosa Council will meet for the first time next week after a challenge to the result from Elaine Williams was rejected late yesterday by the Electoral Commission Queensland Commissioner.

The declaration of the poll will see Jess Glasgow, Ingrid Jackson and Brian Stockwell join returning incumbent councillors Frank Wilkie, Frank Pardon and Joe Jurisevic in a council headed by new Mayor Tony Wellington.

The council will be sworn in at 9.30am on Tuesday followed at 11am by the first post-election council meeting.


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Ms Williams had sought a recount after she finished just 10 votes behind Mr Stockwell for the sixth councillor spot.

She said it had been rejected on the basis of Section 100: Part 1 of the Queensland Local Government Electoral Act which refers to have a timely declaration of the result.

Because Noosa is an undivided council a recount would have involved re-examination of all 169,962 votes cast on 31,947 ballot papers.

"It's a bit of a shame, I think they probably would have done well to prove the accuracy of the new trial system,'' she said.

The trial electronic scanning of ballot papers was a feature of the Noosa election that led to a number of votes not being recorded. These were identified during physical check counts of the result.