BUNDAMBA COVERAGE: Labor claims victory in by-election
UPDATE 10:30AM: CLOSE to 60% of the unofficial preliminary count is complete and Lance McCallum is still in the lead with 42.88% of the vote.
One Nation candidate Sharon Bell remains as the second-preferred candidate with 27.8%.
UPDATE 11.30PM: THE final tally for the night keeps Labor candidate Lance McCallum at a strong first with 42.88 per cent of the votes.
More than half of the overall votes were recorded before 10pm tonight, with counting to resume in the morning.
One Nation candidate Sharon Bell was the second-preferred candidate so far with 27.8 per cent, followed by LNP candidate Robert Shearman and finally Greens candidate Danielle Mutton.
10PM: ONE Nation's Sharon Bell said she was remaining hopeful. As of 10pm she had secured 27 per cent of the vote, while McCallum remained in the lead with 42 per cent.
"All of the postal votes have to be counted yet so we're still hoping to get over the line," she said.
"We've just got to wait for the final counts. Anything can happen."
9.30PM: THE Electoral Commission of Queensland has made a statement on Twitter saying it is receiving the preliminary counts as expected, even though journalists and the community have no access to the counts.
It said it would work to fix the technical issue, but counting would end for the night at 10pm, with the official count commencing tomorrow.
Preliminary counts are underway. Results are coming into the ECQ as expected.— ECQ (@ECQInfo) March 28, 2020
We're having technical issues displaying results online. We are are working on the issue. Preliminary count continues tonight till around 10pm. The official count begins tomorrow.
9.10PM: NO UPDATES have come through for at least an hour from the Electoral Commission of Queensland. It is believed there may be a technical issue.
The Queensland Times has contacted an ECQ spokesperson regarding the issue.
There have been small updates on the ECQ website, but nothing new has been published in the media feed for an hour. And party scrutineers have no figures either as they weren't allowed to watch the count and were relying on the media feed and ECQ website.— Antony Green (@AntonyGreenABC) March 28, 2020
8:20PM: ALMOST 35 per cent of the unofficial preliminary count is done and McCallum remains out in front with 42.32 per cent of the vote and Bell remains on 27.43 per cent.
LNP's Shearman has secured 16.03 per cent of the vote and Green's Mutton has 14. 23 per cent.
7.45PM: CLOSE to 30 per cent of the votes have been counted so far and McCallum remains in the lead at 42.71 per cent.
One Nation's Sharon Bell is second favourite so far with 27.24 per cent of the vote.
7.35PM: WITH 25.41 per cent of the votes already counted, McCallum remains in the lead with 41.87 per cent.
Bell has 28.16 per cent of the vote and Shearman has 16.22, overtaking Mutton's 13.76 per cent.
7.20PM: MCCALLUM keeps hold of the top spot with 41.59 per cent of the vote, with Bell in second place at 26.24 per cent.
7.10PM: RESULTS have starting coming in, with Labor candidate Lance McCallum currently in the lead with 39.98 per cent of the vote.
One Nation candidate Sharon Bell has 25.9 per cent, Greens candidate Danielle Mutton has 17.2 per cent, and LNP candidate Robert Shearman has 16.92.
6PM: VOTING has now officially closed and counting will commence.
Thank you Queensland! Polls are now closed and counting can begin. Preliminary results will be posted on the ECQ website as the counts come in, from around 7pm.— ECQ (@ECQInfo) March 28, 2020
Usually packed polling booths were ghost towns as concerns around the spread of the novel coronavirus led to an increase in pre-polling and postal voting.
Tensions were high around the decision to go ahead with the election, as a fight between two men was caught on video at a polling booth in Redbank Plains this morning - reportedly sparked by COVID-19 fears.
👩💻 Just in: Just over 750, 000 people cast their vote today. Thank-you to all who responsibly cast their votes today - and over the last few weeks - to elect the level of government who will continue to guide #QLD communities through challenging times ahead. #LGE2020— Local Govt Assoc QLD (@LGAQ) March 28, 2020