Redpath leads as 50 votes separate three candidates

9AM UPDATE: Less than 50 votes separate the three candidates in the division six seat of Point Vernon and Eli Waters.

It is the tightest race on the Fraser Coast with Geoff Redpath leading on 33.94%, David Lewis at 33.23% and David Dalgleish on 32.83%.

The candidates are expecting a clearer picture to emerge when the Boat Harbour Drive pre-polling booth is counted today.

Leaving his accounting job to stand as a councillor, Mr Redpath was optimistic of a positive result.

"I'm not out," he said.

The 2008 to 2012 deputy mayor David Dalgleish is also right in the hunt, behind Mr Lewis by 15 votes and Mr Redpath by 42.

Mr Lewis is nervous but excited.

"I'm feeling very grateful I got so much support but I'm very anxious about what the result will be," he said.

"Who knows where it will end?"

Fellow candidate David Dalgleish spent yesterday morning fishing in Hervey Bay

Not worried about the divisional result, Mr Dalgleish said the election would run its course.

"We didn't give up and we haven't given up," he said.

"Whatever happens with the election will happen.

"I am sad a whole bunch of people went and voted with no information."

Last week the Chronicle revealed an Electoral Commission of Queensland mistake meant about 100 residents in Eli Waters were enrolled in the wrong division.

Mr Lewis and Mr Dalgleish did not rule out a challenge if the result was close.

SUNDAY

UPDATE: 8.30PM: Only 40 votes separates the three candidates in division six.

In the area of Eli Waters and Point Vernon David Dalgleish has 484 votes, David Lewis has 494 and Geoff Redpath has 465.

About 20% of the roll has been counted

2PM UPDATE: "Hot" is the response from all candidates and their volunteers when asked how their election day is going.

Former councillor and candidate David Dalgleish said he was receiving a positive response from people who "remembered who I am" from his stint as deputy mayor in 2012.

Geoff Redpath and David Lewis are also spending the day greeting voters.

All candidates are predicting a tight finish this evening.

EARLIER: The retirement of sitting councillor Trevor McDonald leaves the race for division six wide open.

Accountant Geoff Redpath is standing against lawyer David Lewis and former councillor David Dalgleish.

Cr McDonald decided to retire at this election after a long career in politics and education.

To learn more about your candidates, click here.

For a full list of candidates in all divisions, click here.



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