The counting begins in the Fraser Coast Regional Council elections.
The counting begins in the Fraser Coast Regional Council elections. Cody Fox

UPDATE: Candidates neck and neck as counting continues

Catch up on how the votes are stacking up on day three here.

4.30PM: Just four votes separate Phil Truscott and Chris Dale in Division 2.

With 30.56 per cent of the vote counted, Mr Truscott has 1165 votes and Mr Dale has 1161 votes.

Division 6 is also close, with less than 20 votes separating incumbent councillor David Lewis, who has 1231 votes, from candidate David Dalgleish, who has 1213 votes.

In Division 6,. 60.62 per cent of the vote has been counted.

1.20PM: In Division 3, Mr Truscott is leading with 78.84 per cent of the vote.

Mr Miller has 21.16 of the vote.

About 18.47 per cent of votes have been counted.

Meanwhile Mr Sanderson is comfortably leading Division 4. 

He has 75.91 per cent of the vote, while Mr Hoolahan has 24.09 per cent of the vote with 16.08 per cent of votes counted.

Mr Chapman, incumbent councillor in Division 8, is also performing strongly.

He has 57.23 per cent of the vote, with Mr Garland trailing with 23.46 per cent of the vote.

Mr Keightley has 19.31 per cent of the vote.

In Division 8, 61.33 per cent of the vote has been counted so far.

1.15PM: The vote remains close in Division 2, with Mr Truscott in the lead with 56.63 per cent of the vote.

Mr Dale has 43.37 per cent of the vote.

About 17.63 per cent of the vote in the division has been counted.

1.10PM: With 11.67 per cent of the vote counted in the mayoral election, Mr Seymour has the lead with 73.51 per cent of the vote.

Ms Dean has 26.49 per cent of the vote.

In Division 1, 40.86 per cent of the vote has now been counted.

Mr Hansen retains a commanding lead, with 65.71 per cent of the vote.

Mr Mullen has 34.21 per cent of the vote.

1.05PM: Mr Taylor, sitting councillor for Division 9, has conceded he will not the election.

"The results for the Fraser Coast Division 9 election are being counted and it is clear that I will not win re-election," he said.

"It has been an honour to represent my community in this position and I am excited about the next chapter of my life.

"I am even more excited to be sharing it with my amazing wife and children.

"Many will have their view on this result, but the reality is I didn't run a good campaign and I wasn't sure until about 5 weeks before the election that I wanted to run again.

"They say that the community rarely gets it wrong in elections. I think they got it right this time.

"Best of luck to David Lee as he will most likely take the reigns for Division 9.

"A shout out to Chris Trevillion who has proven that he has so much more to offer our community.

"Don't give up Chris, as our community gets to know you better I am sure they will back you.

"As for me, I feel a sense of freedom for the first time in a long time. It is nice."

12.55PM: In Division 6, incumbent councillor David Lewis is leading by less than 20 votes.

He has 27.28 per cent of the vote.

Narrowly behind him is David Dalgleish with 28.88 per cent of the vote.

Gerard O'Connell is just behind both with 20.12 per cent of the vote.

So far 60.62 per cent of the vote has been counted.

12.50PM: In Division 7, Darren Everard is cruising to victory with 73.11 per cent of the vote.

Liz Hornibrook has 17.42 per cent of the vote and Lee St John Carter has 9.47 per cent of the vote.

So far 57.36 per cent of the vote has been counted.

In Division 5, where incumbent councillor Rolf Light retired ahead of the election, candidate Jade Wellings is well ahead of fellow candidates Mark Andersen and Mark Spencer.

She has 60.20 per cent of the vote, while Mr Andersen has 25.20 per cent of the vote and Mr Spencer has 14.60 per cent of the vote.

12.45PM: Incumbent councillor Zane O'Keefe looks likely to hold onto his job in Division 10.

He has 40.73 per cent of the vote, while David Norman has 22.67 per cent of the vote.

Ed Gibson has 18.77 per cent of the vote and Alicia Wade has 17.83 per cent of the vote.

12.40PM: An upset is looking likely in Division 9.

Long-serving councillor Stuart Taylor is trailing behind fellow candidate David Lee.

Mr Lee has 42.49 per cent of the vote.

Teacher Chris Trevillion has 29.23 per cent of the vote.

Mr Taylor has 28.28 per cent of the vote.

10.55AM: A statement from the Electoral Commission of Queensland has blamed "technical issues" for slowing display of the vote count on its website.

"Results will be available on the website as soon as possible," the statement read.

EARLIER: The count has resumed in the Fraser Coast Regional Council election this morning.

Now votes have been cast, all that is left is to tally up the results and wait for the postal votes to flow in.

So far about 11.29 per cent of the vote has been counted in the mayoral contest.

Candidate George Seymour is leading contender Jannean Dean with 73.54 per cent of the vote.

In Division 8 Denis Chapman is currently leading, while James Hansen is leading in Division 1, Phil Truscott in Division 2, Paul Truscott in Division 3 and Daniel Sanderson in Division 4.

In the hotly contested Division 6, former Fraser Coast councillor and Hervey Bay MP David Dalgleish is leading with incumbent councillor David Lewis in second position and former Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell third in the race so far.

Only 2.69 per cent of the vote in Division 6 has been counted so far.

For last night's trends click here.

You can also check out a full wrap of reactions at polling booths around the region.



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