Robbins leading a slow Div. 14 count



COUNTING in the by-election for Gold Coast City Council's division 14 is proceeding - but slowly.

With the result remaining a two-candidate tussle between Chris Robbins, the sister-in-law of the late Cr Sue Robbins and Kellie Trigger, just over two-thirds of the votes have been counted.

Polling officers yesterday checked already counted votes and added another 69 postal votes.

A polling officer said counting of preferences, which some observers believe will be vital to the final result, would begin today.

Ms Robbins was leading with 3169 votes (24.54 per cent of the counted vote) followed by Ms Trigger with 2693 (20.85 per cent).

Greens Party preferences which in NSW council, state and federal elections just across the border have been vital, looked less important, with the Greens candidate Anja Light, despite coming in third place, had only 8.13 per cent of the vote.

Almost half the vote was spread among the remaining 11 candidates although scrutineers reported as few as 10 per cent of voters appeared to have opted to allocate preferences.

The election, in the heart of the summer tourist season and school holidays, also prompted a low voter turnout, with figures showing only about 12,900 voters out of 19,400 on the electoral roll bothered to make it to the polling booths.



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