LNP surging to victory
KEN O'DOWD and the LNP look like a sure thing in the seat of Flynn after more postal and pre-poll votes were counted yesterday.
Mr O'Dowd had stretched his lead over incumbent, the ALP's Chris Trevor, to 4185 votes at the close of the day's counting.
This follows a trend favouring the LNP candidate, in which he was 2655 votes ahead last Thursday, stretching that to 3279 by Friday.
Australian Electoral Commission spokesman Stuart Fraser said about 1700 postal and 500 pre-poll votes were counted yesterday and it was hoped 1000 absentees, 600 pre-polls and 600 postals would be counted today.
“Tomorrow will be the first count of absentees,” he said.
Mr Fraser said there were less than 4000 pre-polls, 6000 to 7000 postals and about 6500 absentees in total.
He said, however, there were still the overseas votes to come in, with the pre-poll and postal votes not included in that overall tally.
Mr O'Dowd was in Canberra yesterday for a National Party meeting.
“It's just a flying visit, really, to introduce us all and pick a leader,” he said.
He said he had had nothing to do with the negotiations with the independents while there.
“It's been decided ... that Tony Abbott will address the independents,” Mr O'Dowd said.