Tweed returning officer Len Sparreboom prepares candidates’ names for the ballot paper draw.
Tweed returning officer Len Sparreboom prepares candidates’ names for the ballot paper draw. Scott Powick

Nationals get No1 on ballot

SITTING National Party MPs Geoff Provest and Thomas George will have the advantage of so-called donkey votes after they both won the number-one spots on their electorate ballot papers for the March 26 state election.

But yesterday Mr Provest said his poll position in the seat of Tweed meant little without policies which would attract the support of voters.

“At the end of the day it isn't the position on the ballot paper. It really comes down to policies and a plan for the future of the Tweed,” he said.

“Last time around I think I was last.”

In the Lismore electorate, which includes Murwillumbah and most rural areas of the Tweed, his colleague Thomas George also drew number one position on the ticket.

Mr George said: “I can't complain about that.

“But there are two more extra candidates, the Christian Democrat and the independent.

“That's democracy. It's good and it's on now.

“I can assure everyone I will be working very hard up until the close of ballots.”

A draw at the NSW Electoral Commission returning office at Tweed Heads at 2pm yesterday saw four names go on the ballot paper, while five names were placed on the ballot paper after a simultaneous draw in Lismore.



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