Counting has continued today following Saturday’s council election, albeit very slowly.
Mona Hecke is still holding onto hope of a very late and very substantial comeback in the Mayoral race despite Tom Tate already settling back into the Mayor’s office today.
The race for Division 10 is still way too close to call and will come down to preferences.
The battle for Division 4 has become a bit clearer today with Cameron Caldwell opening up a substantial lead over Kristyn Boulton.
Here’s the latest round up of the vote count as at 6pm Monday as published by the ECQ:
Mona Hacke is still not conceding defeat, despite Tom Tate maintaining his strong lead in the Mayoral vote with more than 46 per cent of the vote now counted.
Cr Tate has 93,396 votes or 55.82 per cent, compared to Ms Hecke with 39,720 votes or 23.74 per cent.
Tom Tate had already claimed victory on Sunday afternoon and wasted no time getting back to work today.
Ms Hecke says with many people only just receiving their postal ballots she wants to wait until the counting process is complete.
Many Gold Coast residents have only just received their Postal Ballots or recently sent them back to the Electoral…
Mark Hammel has increased his lead in Division 1 and now holds 46.02 per cent of the vote with 51.91 per cent now counted.
Mr Hammel remains on track to become one of four new councillors, but is holding off on claiming victory.
“The word I am hearing from scrutineers who continue the count is that at this stage, numbers of votes for me should only continue in the same direction, or possibly even strengthen,” Mr Hammel posted on Facebook.
His nearest rival Renee Clarke has 26.49 per cent of the vote so far.
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William Owen-Jones has also extended his lead in Divison 2 with just over 53 per cent of the vote now counted.
Cr Owen-Jones has 58.39 per cent of the vote, with John Wayne sitting on 41.61 per cent.
There’s been no new numbers for Division 3 today with still only 24 per cent of the vote counted.
But Donna Gates has already claimed victory with 77 per cent of the vote so far.
With more than 61 per cent of the vote now counted in Division 4, Cameron Caldwell is set to be returned to Council.
He is now almost 1200 votes ahead of fellow Councillor Kristyn Boulton, and holds 56.62 per cent of the vote.
There’s still plenty of votes to be counted but the trend is all heading Cr Caldwell’s way.
Finance professional Brooke Patterson is still on track to be another of the four new Councillors.
Ms Patterson actually claimed victory today in Division 6, despite only 18 per cent of the vote being counted (or at least published by the ECQ).
She was still holding almost 42 per cent of the vote with her nearest rival Shaelee Welchman on 23 per cent.
But Ms Welchman is refusing to concede defeat just yet, insisting there is still a long way to go.
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There’s been no update from the ECQ on yesterday’s numbers but Ryan Bayldon-Lumsden can put the cue in the rack.
He’s still holding almost 60 per cent of the vote with just over 20 per cent counted.
His nearest rival is Wendy Coe with just 14 per cent of the vote.
Again, no update from the ECQ on yesterday’s figures with Bob La Castra comfortably in front with 48 per cent of the vote.
Same again. But there’s probably a good reason the ECQ is taking its time.
With 59 per cent of the vote with 19 per cent counted, it’s pretty obvious Glenn Tozer is heading back to Council.
The most keenly anticipated of all of the divisions with Darren Taylor and Eddy Saroff neck and neck after Saturday.
And not surprisingly, there’s been no update published by the ECQ today.
Darren Taylor leads Eddy Saroff by just 12 votes.
Mr Saroff says no matter what the final result, he still sees it as a victory given his late nomination and the lean campaign he ran compared to some of his rivals.
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Nothing to report here either with nothing new published by the ECQ today.
But Hermann Vorster already had 72 per cent of the vote with 20 per cent counted and was already out and about today looking at traffic line markings, as devoted councillors do.
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No update from the ECQ on Division 12 today with 40 per cent of the vote counted.
Pauline Young holds almost 45 per cent of the vote ahead of her nearest rival Cathy Osborne on 28 per cent.
But Ms Osborne is refusing to give in just yet.
In better news for Ms Osborne, her campaign car which was stolen last week, has been found in Miami.
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A handful more votes have been counted today in Division 13 with Daphne McDonald still comfortably in front.
With 47.49 per cent of the vote now counted, Cr McDonald has increased her vote slightly to 45.75 per cent, with her nearest rival Katrina Beikoff on 27,82 per cent.
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More than 59 per cent of the vote has now been counted in Division 14 where it’s game over.
Incumbent Gail O’Neill has over 62 per cent of the vote over Gloria Baker.