Sorting ballots at Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Sorting ballots at Rockhampton Showgrounds.

ROLLING RESULTS: Voting continues on Sunday for mayor

UPDATE, SUNDAY 10AM: Tony Williams remains in the lead as almost 80 per cent of votes have been counted in the Rockhampton Regional Council mayoral vacancy by-election.

The latest data from the Electoral Commission of Queensland shows 44,649 votes have been counted out of 55,885.

Mr Williams now has 24.88 per cent of the votes with 10,810.

Holding second position is Russell Claus with 15.53 per cent of the votes with 6,748 votes.

Chris ‘Pineapple’ Hooper is in third with 12.30 per cent of the votes with 5,346 votes.

In fourth is Cherie Rutherford, gaining 10.19 per cent of the votes with 4,428 votes.

Donna Kirkland is in fifth position with 9.15 per cent of the votes with 3,977 votes.

UPDATE 10.20PM: Counting is continuing across the region with the latest Electoral Commision of Queensland data showing 22,844 votes as counted.

Tony Williams now has 22.20 per cent of the vote with 4,902 votes.

His next closest contender is Russell Claus on 3,513 followed by Chris ‘Pineapple’ Hooper with 3,082.

UPDATE 8.30PM: More than 21,000 votes have been counted in the Rockhampton mayoral by-election, with Tony Williams extending his lead with 4582 votes, ahead of Russell Claus on 3396, Chris Hooper on 3024, Cherie Rutherford with 2202, Donna Kirkland on 1893, Nyree Johnson 1573, Dominic Doblo 1220, Rob Crow 842, John Rewald 496, Shane Latcham 441, Christian Shepherd 427, Miranda Broadbent 307, Leyland Barnett 248, Brownyn Laverty-Young 166, Remy McCamley 123, Brett Williams 114, and Chris Davies 96.

UPDATE 7.50PM: Maintaining his lead with 21.27 per cent of the near 16,000 votes counted, Tony Williams is keeping a close eye on the results with his supporters.

He is spending the evening at the Kalka Palms Hotel on Lakes Creek Road.

He said it was too soon to predict the ultimate vote for mayor, given the preferential votes.

Mr Williams said that, regardless the mayoral by-election outcome, he wouldn’t have time to rest on his laurels, given the amount of existing council matters to get through.

INITIAL: Tony Williams has taken a strong lead in the race for Rockhampton mayor as early counting gets underway.

At 7.30pm, Queensland Electoral Commission’s informal vote count showed Mr Williams sitting at 22.43 per cent, ahead of second runner Russell Claus at 16.85 per cent.

With 12,000 votes counted, it’s still early days, but those two are ahead of Chris Hooper, in third place, at 14.86 per cent.

According to the Electoral Commission’s formal vote count, Mr Williams is sitting at 22.43 per cent, ahead of second runner, Russell Claus at 16.85 per cent.

With nearly 12,000 votes counted, it’s still early days, but those two are ahead of Chris Hooper, in third place, at 14.86 per cent.

We’ll keep you posted.



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