Candidates hold tight to top spots

FIND THE OFFICIAL RESULTS OF THE ELECTION HERE

UPDATE 1PM, APRIL 3 

THE local government election is making slow progress a week after constituents hit the polling booths, with clear favourites remaining unshaken in their top spots.

Division 4 is still an extremely close race compared to the other three divisions at this stage.

It's looking very likely that old issues from the previous council will be brought to the forefront as Paul Tully holds firm on to his significant lead in Division 2.

After being elected, the Office of the Independent Assessor would be required to revisit outstanding matters against Mr Tully.

RESULTS SO FAR

Mayor:

It was reported earlier this week Teresa Harding would become Ipswich's new mayor, aiming to give Ipswich a "fresh start" after more than 18 months being in administration.

As results rolled in, it became clear that runner up David Martin couldn't gain enough votes to close the gap after Harding led by at least 15 per cent for most of the week.

With more than 70 per cent of the votes now counted, Harding holds 41 per cent, Martin with close to 24 per cent, followed by Pat Walsh, Mark Williams, Chris Smith, Ursula Monsiegneur, and finally Karakan Kochardy.

Division 1:

Former councillor Sheila Ireland and Jacob Madsen are ahead of the rest of the candidates by at least five per cent in their division, with almost 20 per cent and 19 per cent consecutively. 

They are followed by Simon Ingram with almost 14 per cent, and Pye Augustine with 13.4 per cent.

There is 65 per cent of the votes counted so far.

Division 2:

Running mates Paul Tully and Nicole Jonic are looking likely to be the Division 2 councillors with 65 per cent of the votes counted.

Tully was a clear favourite among voters with 22 per cent of the votes so a far, and Jonic has 16 per cent.

There is no one among the nine remaining candidates that hold a percentage higher than 10 per cent.

Division 3:

MARNIE Doyle has a strong lead with 63 per cent of the votes now counted in Division 3.

Andrew Fechner has managed to hold his spot on 12 per cent as well, while Jim Dodrill, Toni Gibbs and Alyson Lewis are still neck and neck in the 10 per cent range.

Division 4: 

Division 4 has 67 per cent of the votes counted and results are still tight between the six candidates.

Kate Kunzelmann cracked 20 per cent yesterday, while Russell Milligan remains in second place with only one per cent difference between him and Susan Dunne.

Gary Duffy has almost 16 per cent, Brian Scott has 15 per cent and Shane Blake has 12 per cent.

5PM, APRIL 2:

ALMOST a week on from election day, official results from the Electoral Commission of Queensland are coming in at a glacial pace.

Only about 65 per cent of the votes in each of the four divisions for Ipswich City Council had been released online.

Teresa Harding already declared victory in the mayoral race on Sunday.

The QT understands Sheila Ireland and Jacob Madsen in Division 1, Paul Tully and Nicole Jonic in Division 2, Marnie Doyle and Andrew Fechner in Division 3 and Kate Kunzelmann and Russell Milligan in Division 4 will make up the new council.

The slow process has been slammed by candidates and community members alike, with even Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk criticising the ECQ.

She will order a review into what went wrong.

4pm, APRIL 1:

MORE THAN 60 per cent of the votes have now been counted in each division, yet some councillors are still waiting for the official declaration before publicly claiming victory.

In Division 1, 61 per cent of the votes have been counted and former councillor Sheila Ireland is back in the lead with almost 20 per cent of the votes.   

Jacob Madsen looks to be her fellow divisional councillor at this stage, with 19.02 per cent.  

Sixty-one per cent of the vote has also been counted in Division 2 and former councillor Paul Tully and his running partner Nicole Jonic remain out in front.   

Marnie Doyle is still out in front in Division 3 with 22 per cent of the vote, now that 62 per cent has been counted. Andrew Fechner looks to also be the next people's choice.   

It's still a tight race in Division 4. Sixty-five per cent of the votes have now been counted and Kate Kunzelmann has secured the most with 20.93 per cent of the vote, followed by Russell Milligan on 18 per cent of the vote.   

5.30pm, MARCH 31:

A SOURCE has told the QT Jacob Madsen and Sheila Ireland have won Division 1, Paul Tully and Nicole Jonic have claimed Division 2 and Marnie Doyle and Andrew Fechner have won Division 3, despite the ECQ's publicly released data lagging behind.

The ECQ has not confirmed these results, with their website stating the last update was at 2.56pm today - although no counts had changed.

Earlier today, candidates weighed in on the agonising wait for the ECQ to reveal the results, with numbers rolling in at a glacial pace, if at all, in recent days.

It was also revealed the owner of a waste recycling company has sued Division 4 candidate Gary Duffy, after he claims he was falsely called a liar and a troll who knowingly associates with corrupt people on Facebook.

Candidate Gary Duffy.
Candidate Gary Duffy. Cordell Richardson

UPDATE 5.30PM, MARCH 30:

DIVISION THREE:

ANOTHER 10 per cent of the votes have been released for division three, bringing the total up to 57 per cent.

Marnie Doyle still holds her #1 spot with 22.06 per cent of the votes, Andrew Fechner still in second with 12.08 per cent and Jim Dodrill is in third with 10.38 per cent.

5PM, March 30:

CANDIDATES in divisions two and three have a strong lead at this point in the counting process.

Running mates Paul Tully and Nicole Jonic are both out in front for their division, with Marnie Doyle holding at least 10 per cent ahead of fellow division three candidates and Andrew Fechner coming second.

Mr Tully, who was a councillor for almost 40 years before being dismissed in 2018, took to Facebook on Sunday to celebrate his success.

He said it would be his thirteenth win in a row and would be the "sweetest victory of all" since his first election in 1979.

"Nicole Jonic and I are confident we have been elected as your Councillors in Division 2 for the next 4 years," he said.

"There are postal votes, prepoll votes and telephone votes still to be counted this week but our advice is that our lead is likely to continue to grow over the next 10 days when the poll is expected to be declared.

"Now the hard work begins to restore confidence and growth across the City of Ipswich."

The QT has attempted to contact Mr Tully and Ms Jonic.

Almost half of the votes had been counted for division three and Marnie Doyle had secured more than 20 per cent of them.

"I'm very happy with the results so far and really grateful to the residents of Division 3 for the support that they've given. I'm really pleased with the way things are going," she said.

Despite Mrs Doyle's lead in the Division 3 race, she said she wanted to hang tight and wait to see a clearer outcome before embracing success.

The candidate said she put her popularity in the elections down to being an independent. 

"One of the main questions asked of me throughout my entire campaign was whether I am independent and if I have an affiliation with any particular party and the answer to that was no," she said. 

"I made it clear from the start that I was an independent candidate and that I was heavily a-political and that clearly was very important to residents."

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has not updated results since this morning.

11.30AM:

DIVISION TWO:

RESULTS have now been updated for division two, with Paul Tully continuing his significant lead after 43 per cent of the total votes had been counted.

Tully holds 21 per cent of the votes, with Nicole Jonic still in second with 15 per cent.

Luise Manning is in third with 10 per cent, followed by Steven Purcell at 9.94 and Sarah Knopke with 9.89.

10.30AM, MARCH 30:

MAYORAL RACE:

TERESA Harding claimed victory yesterday with a strong lead ahead of her fellow candidates.

With 62 per cent counted, Harding had about 40 per cent of the votes.

David Martin was in second place with 23.84 per cent of the vote, he posted a video online to congratulate the new mayor on her win.

The mayoral vote count has not had any updates this morning.

DIVISION ONE:

JACOB Madsen has taken the lead from sacked councillor Sheila Ireland this morning with 28 per cent of the total votes counted so far.

It is nail-bitingly close between the two, with Madsen on 18.57 per cent and Ireland on 18.03 per cent.

Also following closely behind is Pye Augustine on 17.27 per cent.

 

Former councillor Sheila Ireland said she was excited to see the votes starting to pour in.

"It's wonderful. I've got to thank all the residents who gave me a vote. I'm just thrilled that I've been up there from the start," she said.

"I know there's three at the top, but it's fairly well spread out underneath that, so for first timers, it's a credit to them all."

She also congratulated Teresa Harding on her new role as Mayor and said it was good to see Paul Tully taking the lead in Division 2.

"As an ex councillor with him, I think it's wonderful the residents have seen fit to give us a vote," she said.

Jacob Madsen acknowledged that only a small percentage of the vote had been counted.

"I'm feeling pretty good, I'm in front for now. There's still a lot of vote counting to be done," he said.

DIVISION TWO: 

THERE has been no updates yet for division two counts this morning.

Sacked councillor Paul Tully and his running mate Nicole Jonic continue to hold first and second place with 20 per cent of the total votes counted.

They are well ahead of the rest of the pack with the closest contenders Sarah Knopke, Steven Purcell and Luise Manning hovering between 9 and 10%.

DIVISION THREE:

MARNIE Doyle continues to hold a strong lead for division three this morning, holding 22.81 per cent of the overall 47 per cent of the counted votes.

Andrew Fechner has 12.41 per cent of the votes, followed by Alyson Lewis, Toni Gibbs and David Box, who all have almost 10 per cent.

DIVISION FOUR:

AS THE division with the tightest results so far, Kate Kunzelmann holds the lead at 19.59 per cent of the vote, closely followed by Russell Milligan on 17.92.

Susan Dunne sits with 17.32 per cent, Gary Duffy with 16.86 per cent, Brian Scott with 16.16, and Shane Blake bringing up the rear with 12.15 per cent.

A total of 39.37 per cent of the votes have been counted so far. 

1PM, MARCH 29:

MAYORAL RACE:

Teresa Harding maintains a strong lead with about 62% of the vote counted.

Harding has about 40% of the vote while former councillor David Martin sits on 23.84%.

Greens candidate Pat Walsh has 14.48% of the vote, just down from 15.49% at 11pm last night.

Mark Williams has about 7.13% while Chris Smith has 6.17% and Ursula Monsiegneur sits on about 5.42%.

Karakan Korchardy, a last minute addition to the ballot, sits on just 1.6%.

DIVISION ONE:

Sacked councillor Sheila Ireland continues her lead with 16.49% of the votes counted.

Ireland, is currently on 18.71% of the vote, a touch down from the 19.19% she held last night.

She is followed closely by Jacob Madsen on 18.35%.

Their closest contenders are Pye Augustine on 14.37% and Simon Ingram on 13.13%.

 

DIVISION TWO:

SACKED councillor Paul Tully is set to be re-elected in division two with more than 22% of the vote, after about 20% of the total votes counted so far.

His running mate Nicole Jonic has the second highest number of votes, currently sitting on about 16%.

They are well ahead of the rest of the pack with the closest contenders Sarah Knopke, Steven Purcell and Luise Manning hovering between 9 and 10%.

 

DIVISION THREE: 

About 22.5% of the vote has been counted in division three with Marnie Doyle a clear favourite for one of the two councillor positions available.

Doyle has 19.13% of the vote.

Who'll get over the line in the other vacant division 3 spot is still unclear with a tight race among other candidates.

Alyson Lewis and Andrew Fechner are neck and neck. Fechner is slightly ahead with 11.6% to Lewis's 11.42%

Jim Dodrill is on 10.30% while Toni Gibbs and David Box are just behind on 9.47%.

Bizarrely, Jacinta Bull, who did not actively campaign at all and only nominated so her husband Anthony could run as a Liberal Democrat labelled group, is next in line with 8.14%.

DIVISION FOUR

In division four, 26.35% of the vote has been counted with Kate Kunzelmann continuing her narrow lead on 19.40% of the vote.

There's nothing in second place with Susan Dunne on 17.60% and Russell Milligan are neck and neck on 17.14.

Gary Duffy, 16.92%, is just a touch in front of Brian Scott on 16.41%.

Shane Blake is sitting on 12.53%.

UPDATE 11PM: 

MAYORAL RACE:

Teresa Harding continues a strong lead with more than 45% of the voted counted.

Harding has nearly 41% of the vote while former councillor David Martin sits on 23.40%.

Greens candidate Pat Walsh has 15.49% of the vote.

Mark Williams has about 7% while Chris Smith and Ursula Monsiegneur sit on about 5%.

Karakan Korchardy, a last minute addition to the ballot, sits on just over 1%.

DIVISION ONE:

Sacked councillor Sheila Ireland has taken a narrow lead with 13.75% of the votes counted.

Ireland, currently on 19.19%, is followed closely by Jacob Madsen on 18.64%.

They are well ahead of their closest contenders with Pye Augustine on 13.73% and Simon Ingram on 13.08%.

DIVISION TWO:

SACKED councillor Paul Tully is leading the charge in division two with more than 22% of the vote, after about 15% of the total votes counted so far.

His running mate Nicole Jonic has the second highest number of votes, currently sitting on about 16%.

They are well ahead of the rest of the pack with the closest contender Sarah Knopke on about 10%.

DIVISION THREE:

About 20% of the vote has been counted in division three with Marnie Doyle a clear favourite for one of the two councillor positions available.

Doyle has 19.04% of the vote.

Who'll get over the line in the other vacant division 3 spot is still unclear with a tight race among other candidates.

Alyson Lewis and Andrew Fechner are on about 11.5% of the vote each.

Jim Dodrill is on 10.17% while Toni Gibbs is just behind on 9.32%.

Bizarrely, Jacinta Bull, who did not actively campaign at all and only nominated so her husband Anthony could run as a Liberal Democrat labelled group, is next in line with 8.22%.

DIVISION FOUR:

Kate Kunzelmann continues to lead in division 4 with 19.26% of the vote.

Susan Dunne and Russell Milligan are neck and neck on 17.31 and 17.83 respectively.

Brian Scott and Gary Duffy aren't far behind on 16.72% and 16.49% respectively.

A little over 13% of the vote has been counted so far.

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10PM: IT'S been a long evening for division two candidates who have been left completely in the dark about how the count is going.

The mayoral race, other divisions and the state seat of Bundamba have had small number of the votes counted published by the ECQ but no updates have been published on the most controversial division.

Sacked Councillor Paul Tully is contesting the division along with 10 other political hopefuls.

More than 36,000 votes have now been counted in the Ipswich mayoral race, with Teresa Harding well out in front.

Due to the Electoral Commission of Queensland's technical issues, it is unclear what percentage of the votes have been counted so far.

Ms Harding has 14,498 votes to her name, which is 40.19 per cent of the count recorded so far.

Former councillor David Martin has 22.51 per cent of the count, with 8122 votes.

Pat Walsh has 16.83 per cent of votes so far, with 6072 to his name.

Candidate for division three Marnie Doyle said while she was happy with the results, she was aware there was still plenty of counting to be done.

"Look I'm happy that obviously at this early stage I'm out in front, but I'm very aware that it is very early stage," she said.

"It's been quite a huge several months and a bit of an anticlimax not being able to campaign over the last week, but I'm just enjoying winding down and spending quality time with family. What will be, will be."

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 limited access to the results.

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.

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.

It has been a slow night waiting and watching for mayoral hopeful David Martin.

Only 1.34 per cent of the unofficial preliminary count has been released by the Electoral Commission of Queensland so far tonight.

The former councillor has 23.10 per cent of the vote at this point in the race and he trails Teresa Harding, who sits at 43.21 per cent.   "I find it hard they're counting at all," Mr Martin said.  

"I expect we'll hear a bit more tomorrow."  

Of the votes counted so far in the mayoral race 112, or 6.28 per cent, have been informal votes.

Mayoral hopeful Teresa Harding said despite being in the lead so far, there wasn't enough data to feel too confident just yet.

"There's only 1.34 per cent so it's not enough data in any way shape or form. I'd obviously love the trend to continue. I am hopeful," she said. 

Due to coronavirus restrictions candidates have had to cancel their election night parties. 

Mrs Harding said she was at home with her husband and three adult children waiting for the results to come in.

"Just sitting here hitting the refresh button."

The Queensland Times has contacted an ECQ spokesperson regarding the issue.

8.10PM: JACOB Madsen is ahead in the race for Division 1 in the early stages of counting.

The ALP member has 21.52 per cent of the vote, with 2.25 per cent of the unofficial preliminary count through so far.

Sheila Ireland is in second place with 16.69 per cent and Simon Ingram has 14.65 per cent of the vote.

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Results have started to roll in and Marnie Doyle has taken the lead in Division 3.

With just 0.85 per cent of the unofficial preliminary count done, Doyle has secured 20.07 per cent of the vote.

Andrew Fechner isn't too far behind with 13.62 per cent followed closely by David Box 11.83 per cent.

Alison Lewis sits at 10.57 per cent.

It's a close race in Division four with only one or two percent between the three front runners.

Kate Kunzelmann has 19.69% of the vote with Russell Milligan close behind at 18.41%.

Former mayoral candidate Gary Duffy is just behind them on 17.64% with late comer Susan Dunne on 16.18%.

Businessman Brian Scott has 14.81% and disability support worker Shane Blake is on 13.27%.

So far only 2.07% of the vote has been counted so there's plenty of room for movement.

More than 11% of the votes counted so far are informal.

7.20PM: TERESA Harding is leading the way in the Ipswich mayoral race as the first votes are counted.

With just 1.34 per cent of the unofficial preliminary count done, Ms Harding has 43.2 per cent of the vote.

At this stage in the race, former councillor David Martin is trailing behind with 23.1 per cent of the vote and Pat Walsh has 12.45 per cent.

Divisional counts have not begun yet.

6PM: VOTING has now officially closed and counting will commence.

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DURING VOTING:

David Martin is the bookie's pick to become the next Ipswich mayor, leading the way at $1.50, with Teresa Harding just behind at $2.75.

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.



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