Election D-Day later this week

September 13, 2017

NOT much has changed in the race for the finish line in Murray River Council’s first election.

The leaderboard remains unchanged, despite a few subtle differences in percentages.

Postal votes have now been counted — as have all primary votes — meaning the election is waiting on preferences to be distributed before it is called.

That is expected to be done ‘‘sometime’’ this week.

In the Moama ward Nicole Cohen is still out in front with a whopping 43.67 per cent of the vote ahead of former Murray Shire councillor Chris Bilkey with 26.27 per cent.

The final seat is likely to go to Gen Campbell, who is a former Murray Shire councillor, and is sitting on 19.16.

Another former councillor Geoff Mackenzie looks out of the race at this stage with 10.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, in Moama Geoff Wise took home the most votes with a percentage of 34.86 ahead of former Murray Shire mayor Tom Weyrich who managed 24.86.

Tony Aquino is likely to snag the final seat with his 16.81.

Former Murray Shire mayor John Pocklington was the next best with 12.19 and then Mathoura’s Nicole Stenhouse with 11.29.

For the Wakool ward another former councillor, Neil Gorey, is in the lead with 41.12 per cent ahead of Alan Mathers with 25.08 and Ann Crowe on 20.08.

They are both significantly in front of the two other candidates, Katherine O’Brien and Christine Dartnell, who are on 7.53 and 6.19 respectively.

MRC administrator David Shaw expects the period after the election to be very hectic for both the organisation and incoming councillors as they are inducted into the new council.

There will be professional development training, visits to each of the towns across the new area and the first council meeting on September 26 when a mayor will be elected by the councillors.

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