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ECQ rejects Pauline Hanson's request for recount

Pauline Hanson has refused to concede defeat in Lockyer despite the ECQ declaring the seat yesterday.
Pauline Hanson has refused to concede defeat in Lockyer despite the ECQ declaring the seat yesterday. Inga Williams

UPDATE, 3PM: The Electoral Commission of Queensland has rejected Pauline Hanson's request for a recount of votes.

The Lockyer candidate applied to the ECQ for a recount of votes because she believed the preferences were not allocated properly.

But an ECQ spokesperson has just confirmed Ms Hanson's application was rejected.

"The Commissioner carefully considered the grounds raised in Ms Hanson's application however he was satisfied that there was no evidence of any error in the allocation of preferences to candidates," they said.

 

UPDATE, 11.40AM: I won't run for Lockyer Valley Mayor: Pauline Hanson

Pauline Hanson has ruled out a tilt at Mayor of Lockyer Valley Regional Council in 2016.

Ms Hanson was responding to several comments on the Gatton Star Facebook page which suggested that might be her next political move.

One reader, Greg Irwin, congratulated her on her campaign and suggest that she run in the March 2016 Mayoralty contest.

That received the emphatic reply from the "PH Team"

"This will NOT be happening Greg Irwin," they said.

Ms Hanson's team also had a spat with defeated Labor candidate Steve Leese on the Gatton Star Facebook page.

Mr Leese said Mr Rickuss would have won the election on the night without preferences.

Ms Hanson's team responded to say Mr Leese's preferences voted Rickuss in.

"One Nation's policy was no asset sales, the same as Labor, yet you supported the party that was selling QLD off," the "PH team" said.

"There are Labor supporters are extremely angry about this and they have contacted our staff. Labor need to come clean with this."

Mr Leese said Ms Hanson's recount request was a waste of time and she should move on.

Ms Hanson's team hit back saying Mr Leese was "NOT" at the count yesterday.

"You appeared for one day out of the 12 it took to count everything. So please explain why you know everything that has gone on?" Ms Hanson's team said.

The Gatton Star can also confirm Ms Hanson was correct and we were wrong about the final margin which was 114 votes not 184.

We were looking at the difference in the notional count, however the correct figure is buried at the bottom of  the full preference distribution count.

 

UPDATE, 11AM: Pauline Hanson has confirmed she will ask the ECQ to recount the ballots in Lockyer, saying the electoral act was in conflict with how the count was carried out.

"Halfway through the final count yesterday, I did call the ECQ to question the process," Ms Hanson said on her Facebook page in the last hour.

"With a handful of seats that also had extremely close results, I am concerned that the current system may have caused different outcomes for other candidates too."

Ms Hanson also continues to claim she lost the seat of Lockyer by 114 votes not the 184 vote figure the Gatton Star is reporting.

We derived the 184 vote margin from the ECQ website as the difference between Mr Rickuss's 13,226 votes and Ms Hanson's 13042 votes.

We have asked Ms Hanson to explain how she is coming up with the 114 vote margin.

Meanwhile election winner Ian Rickuss is refusing to comment on Ms Hanson's recount request.

This morning he released a statement that was nearly identical to the one he put out the day after the election when it seemed, incorrectly as it turned out, he had won clearly.

"I would like to thank the people of Lockyer for returning me as their member," Mr Rickuss said in the statement.

"I am especially appreciative of the large number of volunteers and campaign workers that provided me with the grassroots team that made this win possible.

"I want to acknowledge that the voters do not get it wrong. They sent a clear message."

Mr Rickuss said the LNP Government did a lot of good things but was not on the path that Queenslanders wanted them to be.

"Regardless of which party forms government, I will vigorously work to ensure that the gains in provision of essential government services made during the past three years continue to improve," he said.

Mr Rickuss said he would be making no further comment today.

 

9AM: The seat of Lockyer may have been declared yesterday but Pauline Hanson went on television this morning where she refused to concede saying she was going to request a recount.

Ms Hanson told Channel Seven's Sunrise she thought the vote counting process was "flawed".

"Before the count was over yesterday in allocating Labor's preferences, I said 'this isn't done right'," Ms Hanson told show host David Koch.

"You're supposed to allocate the preferences in order, you do the twos and the threes and the fours, they didn't - they put it all together."

Ms Hanson said there were also issues with postal voting which affected Lockyer which had  one of the largest postal votes in Queensland at 11.4%.

"Postal votes are allowed to come in up to 10 days after the election," she said.

"There's no date/time stamp on them so people can vote after the result of the election and it's not checked.

"There's also no proof of identity for postal votes."

What Ms Hanson was planning to do next was not immediately clear but she could attempt to take the seat to the court of disputed returns.

The Gatton Star has asked Ms Hanson for comment.

Ms Hanson's interview came a day after the ECQ announced Ms Hanson had officially lost by 184 votes (not 114 votes as Ms Hanson told Sunrise) to the LNP's Ian Rickuss after an exhausting 12 day count.

Topics:  ian rickuss lockyer pauline hanson queensland election 2015


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