Council swearing-in must wait until final division declared

THE final division in the Fraser Coast Regional Council is expected to be finalised within the "next day or so",  according to the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

Division six still remains incredibly close with just 24 votes separating the top two.

David Dalgleish is the lead with 2064 votes compared to David Lewis on 2040 and Geoff Redpath on 1978.

An ECQ spokesman said despite the close race, the commission had not received any request for a recount.

A recount can be requested by any candidate.

"The Local Government Electoral Act 2011 provides that recounts are conducted entirely at the discretion of the Electoral Commissioner," he said.

"It is the policy of the Commission that each request for a recount received is assessed on its own merits based on the information available, not solely on the closeness of the result."

If the election results are finalised in the next days, the first meeting of the new council would be in a matter of days.

A Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning said a declaration of office must be made as soon as possible after the election.

"The Council must hold its post-election meeting within 14 days," he said.

"The election isn't concluded until the last poll is declared."

Until the final division is declared, the previous council are still considered to be in office and operate under the caretaker provisions which have been in place since the election period started.

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