Less than 200 votes separate leaders in division three

SUNDAY 1.30PM: DIVISION three candidates Paul Truscott and Mark Williams are both quietly confident of a win with less than 200 votes separating the pair.

Mr Truscott is the lead with 1306 votes followed closely by Mr Williams on 1118 votes.

Gary Gilbert with 351 votes and Michael Tudman on 198 votes round out the field.

Four of the 13 polling booths have been counted.

Mr Truscott said he was "quietly confident".

"I am pleased with the results that are coming in so far," he said.

Mr Williams said there was a long way to go with the count having just 46% of the votes tallied.

"I wouldn't be making any bold statements at this stage," he said.

When it came to the tight mayoral race between incumbent Gerard O'Connell and current division three councillor Chris Loft, neither stated they had a preference.

"I would definitely be able to work with any of the mayoral candidates," Mr Williams said.

Mr Truscott said the mayoral winner was up to the voters.

UPDATE 10.40PM: PAUL Truscott has taken a narrow lead over Mark Williams in the hotly contested division three seat.

Mr Truscott has 44% of the vote compared to Mr Williams 37%.

About  50 votes separate the pair.

Gary Gilbert has 11.90% and Michael Tudman has 6.48%.

UPDATE, 8.50PM: In division three, the seat vacated by mayoral candidate Chris Loft, Paul Truscott and Mark Williams are well ahead of their competition.

With 29.15% of the roll counted, Truscott leads Williams by 132 votes (44.34% v 37.39%), ahead of Gary Gilbert (11.8%) and Michael Tudman (6.48%).

UPDATE 12.30PM: Candidate for division three Paul Truscott is urging votes to take the parliamentary system into consideration when voting in the referendum.

Mr Truscott urged people to remember Queensland did not have a state parliamentary system.

The first-time candidate would not say who got his vote for mayor.

Have a look at his comments below.

EARLIER: A TILT at mayor by Chris Loft leaves division three open for the taking.

Paul Truscott, who lost to Cr Loft by two votes in 2012 is again contending.

Also in the running is Mark Williams, Michael Tudman and Gary Gilbert.

To learn more about your candidates, click here.

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



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