Lost ballot papers could mean another senate election for WA

More than 1300 lost ballot papers mean Western Australia could have another Senate election soon.
More than 1300 lost ballot papers mean Western Australia could have another Senate election soon.

A SECOND election for the West Australian Senate seats could be underway soon, after the loss of more than 1300 ballot papers last week.

While the results were officially announced on Monday, the 1375 lost votes could trigger a challenge to the results, or a second election.

A Court of Disputed Returns challenge to the result could come from the Labor Party or Palmer's United Party, both of which were potentially denied a seat due to the questionable result.

The results saw Greens Senator Scott Ludlam elected for a second term and the Australian Sports Party's Wayne Dropulich elected for a first.

With the lost votes, these winners effectively denied the two other parties extra seats on the red leather, both Clive Palmer and the Labor Party have claimed.

Mr Palmer, who was recently confirmed as an MP, has previously said he would challenge the result, with the High Court to sit as the Court of Disputed Returns.

The margin of victory for both Senator Ludlam and Senator-elect Dropulich, was less than 20 votes, and has been tinged by the lost ballot papers, which could have caused a different outcome.

Topics:  aec ballot papers election western australia

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