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STATE ELECTION: ECQ declares Callide for LNP

CANDIDATE: Liberal National Party candidate for Callide Colin Boyce at a one of the meet the candidates events held across the electorate.
CANDIDATE: Liberal National Party candidate for Callide Colin Boyce at a one of the meet the candidates events held across the electorate. Tegan Annett

FRIDAY, 9.30AM: The Electoral Commission Queensland has declared the seat of Callide for LNP candidate Colin Boyce.

On a two-candidate preferred basis, Mr Boyce won comfortably with 56.11% against One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse on 43.89%. 

In a post on Facebook, Mr Boyce thanked his campaign team, family and volunteers.

"Most importantly I would like to thank the people of Callide for putting their faith in me," Mr Boyce said.

THURSDAY: COUNTING of postal votes and preference sis still under way for the seat of Callide with One Nation and the LNP still holding leads over all other candidates.

As at 4pm yesterday LNP candidate Colin Boyce held 33.28% of the vote while One Nation candidate Sharon Lohse has 25.62%.

Despite the count neither candidate is willing to claim victory or defeat at this uncertain stage.

"We are still counting the postal votes," Mrs Lohse said.

"There is another batch to get through and then we may be able to get onto the preferences by the afternoon.

"There is no way to work out how it will go until then, very difficult."

LNP candidate Colin Boyce has the same mind set as Mrs Lohse, and does not want to make any assertions one way or the other until the official results are announced.

"All preferences have to be counted to determine a fair winner," Mr Boyce

said.

"I am not claiming victory until such time as the Electoral Commission have made their determination.

"And when that happens we will proceed further."

Mr Boyce said he always knew the battle for the Callide seat would not be an easy one.

"It has never been a given seat," Mr Boyce said.

"It's been a long and steady campaign and we've tried to get everywhere we can to listen and talk to people about their concerns and issues."

Topics:  callide electorate


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