Election results in
WE'VE just touched base with the returning office.
They have to call Sydney, it will take about 10 minutes for it to be processed and then the office should be able to announce the results.
We hope. Anyone else on the edge of their seats?
ONE by one the votes are being entered into the system for the 2012 Clarence Valley council elections.
Despite the returning office being based in Grafton, the Valley was the last out of four regions to be counted this week and we are still waiting on final results.
The Daily Examiner has been able to confirm Richie Williamson and Andrew Baker as new councillors, but as we write this everything else is up in the air.
The biggest tussle has been between present councillors Karen Toms and Margaret McKenna who have remained agonisingly close in number of votes in the fight for the ninth and final position, with Greg Clancy not too far in front.
Current mayor Richie Williamson at last count had taken a whopping 32.16% of the vote at last check.
Earlier today returning officer Cliff Mitchell said at 6pm staff logging the votes one-by-one would be finished and would press the "magic button" to spit out the top nine.
At last check, Mr Mitchell said it could be another half hour before this happens.
Even when the top nine are announced tonight, this won't be formalised until 24-hours after the candidates are all informed as there is that time to call for a recount.
We'll update you here as information comes to hand.