The nervous wait continues for the two main candidates in the seat of Eden-Monaro as electoral officers prepare to count the postal votes.
As the News Weekly went to press a complete recount of the polling places had taken place resulting in a minor change to the numbers. The Liberal party candidate, Peter Hendy was leading the sitting member, Labor’s Mike Kelly, by 565 votes but with around 6700 postal votes to take into consideration everyone is still maintaining it’s too close to call.
A total of 15,500 envelopes were issued to cover absent, provisional, pre-poll and postal votes and of that total, 9632 envelopes have been received but on Tuesday afternoon none had been counted.
There are 6709 postal envelopes ready to be counted from a possible total of 8150.
An Australian Electoral Commission spokesman said: “Postal votes from other states and from overseas can continue to come in until the 13th day after polling.”
However the spokesman said that he expected to see counting of postal votes after the fresh scrutiny was complete during the course of today or Thursday.
“We wait for the majority of envelopes to come in before counting starts,” he said.
Depending on how the numbers fall, the officials may not need to wait for all postal votes to be received. Once there is a clear majority, the seat can be declared.
Mr Hendy said that he, his family and supporters were enduring an uncertain wait.
''It's a nervous wait,'' the Liberal candidate said. ''We're obviously buoyed by the fact that the team has won government and that puts us in an optimistic frame of mind.
''It's just a count now, but the count has been steadily improving.''
A spokesperson for Dr Kelly said it was going to be tough but still too close to call.
"We will just wait patiently for the count, and expect a result later in the week," the spokesman said.