The Coffs Harbour electorate officer Clifford Mitchell addressing candidates and their representatives prior to the ballot draw.
The Coffs Harbour electorate officer Clifford Mitchell addressing candidates and their representatives prior to the ballot draw.

Fraser's top spot

FOR the first time in his political life Andrew Fraser has grabbed the top spot on the ballot paper for the upcoming state election.

The ballot draw held yesterday was attended by four of the five candidates for the Saturday, March 26, poll.

A broad smile swept across Mr Fraser’s face as his was the first name drawn a box containing all the candidates names contained inside plastic cyclinders.

The sitting Nationals member said it was the first time in seven elections that he had garnered the ‘donkey’ vote. He said he didn’t believe being first on the ballot paper would play any role in the outcome of the vote.

Deborah Lyons who is standing for the Christian Democratic Party ( Fred Nile Group) was drawn second ahead of Labor’s David Quinn.

“I’m a down-the-middle sort of bloke so being in the middle of the field suits me,” Mr Quinn said.

Independent Paul Templeton secured the fourth spot on the ballot paper.

Rodney Degens who is standing for The Greens was not at the draw to see his name drawn last.



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