Lui claims Cook but the ALP is not yet over the line
Anxious candidates across the state are awaiting the final counting of postal and absentee votes as ECQ staff work overtime to sort through the backlog.
One Nation, KAP and the LNP are waiting for the final tally to determine how many seats the ALP will have to form a majority.
The ALP has claimed the contentious seat of Cook stretching from Mareeba in the south to the PNG border in the north, however One Nation sources say the counting will not finish until Tuesday night when the final postal votes are counted.
The final postal and absentee numbers will have an impact on preference flows to the One Nation candidate Jen Sackley, who seems set to overtake the lead of the Labor candidate Cynthia Lui.
KAP candidate Gordon Rasmussen said either his preferences or those from the LNP would help One Nation get across the line.
“The staff at the Mareeba ECQ office have been outstanding with the counting and very helpful to scrutineers and I thank them for their great effort,” said Mr Rasmussen.
“Their integrity has never been in question but I am concerned about the reports of suspicious activities on Cape York Peninsula which happens after every election on the Cape.”
by staff writers
Election candidates, booth workers and scrutineers again have reported widespread corruption similar to that reported at the 2012 and 2015 state elections run by the dodgy Electoral Commission of Queensland.
Booth workers across the state claim the Labor Party and unions have infiltrated to ECQ to such an extent there is no possibility of this government department carrying out a state election to deliver a clean result.
In the Far North an onslaught against conservative political parties began in earnest at least eight weeks ago.
Many hundreds of election signs erected by party supporters were reported damaged or stolen from roadsides and private property. At an estimated cost of $8 for a corflute sign and $3 for a wooden stake, the financial loss to candidates was crippling.
Candidates have blamed the ALP and the crocodile lovers for the sign thefts. Cairns News hopes the croc shaggers and the militant Labor trench-coaters are soon devoured by the explosion of dangerous crocs infesting human habitats.
One Nation and Katters Australian Party were hard hit by sign thieves who struck in the middle of the night.
Booth workers across Cape York Peninsula reported ALP posters being left in polling booths at indigenous communities, ALP-aligned scrutineers accompanying indigenous voters into booths and actually filling out their ballot papers, with a lead pencil, naturally.
A Kowanyama booth worker reported Labor supporters telling indigenous voters on their way to the booth to vote only for the Labor candidate or they would lose their pensions and dole (sit down money).
Meanwhile we are advised the counting continues at the Cook electorate office where Labor candidate Cynthia Lui has a slim lead over One Nation candidate Jen Sackley and KAP candidate Gordon Rasmussen. This is occurring in spite of the questionable Bamaga ballot box being included in the count.