BACK IN THE TALLY ROOM: Workers in Grafton enter preferences from council voting sheets into the new computer system
BACK IN THE TALLY ROOM: Workers in Grafton enter preferences from council voting sheets into the new computer system

Hanging in there; Valley waits on the computer

By EMMA CORNFORD

RESIDENTS of the Clarence Valley will have to wait until at least tomorrow to know who will represent them in the shire's first elected council.

There will be no progress counts of preferences issued because there is a new computer system being used to tally preferences.

The system has never before been utilised in the Clarence Valley. Electoral services manager Brian Decelis, who is in Grafton overseeing the computer count of votes, said the new system did not allow for progress counts.

Instead, every voting sheet will be entered into the system, which will then tally the preferences to give a result.

However, if results are close, candidates have 24 hours from the announcement of results to call for a recount.

Any candidate who calls for a recount faces a bill of thousands of dollars without any guarantee of making it onto the new council.

"But if they do call for a recount our experience shows that although it changes the numbers, it rarely changes who gets elected," Mr Decelis said.



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