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First preferences high in electorate

Thursday, 9th April, 2015

Returning officer Darren Flowers checks the preferential voting yesterday at the Electoral Office. Returning officer Darren Flowers checks the preferential voting yesterday at the Electoral Office.

The distribution of vote preferences for the State election has shown that the elected Member, Kevin Humphries, was elected by count three and that there were an unusually large number of first preferences.

The preferences from the six candidates for the seat of Barwon were distributed yesterday at the Electoral office in Argent Street.

“The votes in the area were counted fairly quickly - we still had to make sure the absentee votes were accounted for,” said Returning officer Darren Flowers.

“It had been slightly delayed due to the Easter holiday.

“We finished counting all the polling booths on Saturday and the data entry was conducted on Monday.”

Mr Flowers said that there were 53 polling places in the electorate with eight pre-poll.

“That resulted in about 44,000 votes before the postal votes and the absentee votes,” he said.

“There were a large amount of first preference votes.”

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