The counting begins in the Fraser Coast Regional Council elections.
The counting begins in the Fraser Coast Regional Council elections. Cody Fox

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11.20PM: In Division 1 almost 33 per cent of the preliminary count has been completed.

Mr Hansen remains comfortably in the lead with 67.09 per cent of the vote.

In Division 3, Mr Truscott also maintains a strong lead with 78.87 per cent of the vote.

Mr Sanderson continues to lead in Division 4 with 76.06 per cent.

Results are not yet available in divisions 5, 7, 9 or 10.

11.15PM: About 11.29 per cent of the vote in the mayoral contest has been counted.

Mr Seymour is leading  with 73.54 per cent of the vote.

11.10PM: Incumbent councillor Denis Chapman is comfortably leading Division 8.

He has 54.66 per cent of the vote while Robert Garland has 23.88 per cent.

Stephen Keightley has 21.46 per cent of the vote.

11.05PM: In Division 2, Phil Truscott is ahead of fellow candidate Chris Dale.

With 17.31 of the preliminary count completed, Mr Truscott has 56.72 per cent of the vote.

11PM: Updates in the count are back underway in the council elections.

Results are now coming in for the hotly contested Division 6, but only 2.69 per cent of the vote has been counted.

Currently leading the way is David Dalgleish with 27.36 per cent of the vote.

Incumbent councillor David Lewis has 22.89 per cent of the vote and former mayor Gerard O'Connell currently has 17.91 per cent of the vote.

9.40PM: It is believed technical issues are behind the slow election updates from the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The count on the Fraser Coast has not been updated in more than an hour and a half.

Early results are yet to be posted in some divisions.

The count is due to cease at 10pm but according to reports it will continue beyond that time.

8.05PM: Mr Seymour now leads by 71.63 per cent with 3062 votes to Ms Dean's 28.37 per cent of votes, of a total of 1213.

Now 5.86 per cent of the vote has been counted.

8PM: In the mayoral race, Mr Seymour is leading by 74.26 per cent of the vote to Ms Dean's 25.74 per cent.

So far 4.14 per cent of the vote has been counted.

7.30PM: No results are yet available in Divisions 5 to 10.

7.25PM: In Division 4, incumbent councillor Daniel Sanderson is leading Jamie Hoolahan.

The vote stands at 73.89 per cent to Cr Sanderson and 26.11 per cent to Mr Hoolahan.

About 12.55 per cent of the vote has been counted.

7.20PM: No tally is yet available in Division 2.

In Division 3, incumbent councillor Paul Truscott is leading James Miller, having secured 76.92 per cent,

About 12.65 per cent of the vote has been counted.

7.15PM: In Division 1 James Hansen is currently leading by 73.63 per cent, leading Joel Mullen 26.37 per cent.

About 4.22 per cent of the vote has been counted.

7.10PM: In the unofficial preliminary count, current mayor George Seymour is leading the vote by 73.90 per cent to Jannean Dean's 26.10 per cent.

A total of 2575 votes have been counted, about 3.29 per cent of the total vote.

EARLIER: Preliminary counting has started across every division on the Fraser Coast after polls closed in the council election.

Mayoral candidates Jannean Dean and George Seymour both reflected on what had been a strange campaign as a result of the pandemic.

"I don't really know what to expect," Mr Seymour said.

"This campaign has been the most unusual I've ever been part of, it's been overshadowed by the coronavirus.

"I will just wait and see, I don't have any expectations.

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"My focus has not been on the campaign, it has been working on the council's pandemic response."

Ms Dean said regardless of the outcome she was grateful for the opportunity to have conversations that have created change.

She said part of that was putting in place safeguard practices for the community she had served.

"Putting ideas on the table for discussion, exploration and implementation leaves me feeling good about my positive contribution," she said.

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