One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson.

Pauline Hanson hangs on in Lockyer cliffhanger

WITH just a handful of votes still separating Pauline Hanson and Ian Rickuss there is only one thing that is certain.

And that is it maybe more than a week before we know who has won the seat of Lockyer.

Scrutineers for Mr Rickuss remain confident their man has the numbers based on the preference flow of postal votes.

However the Hanson camp disputed some of their conclusions and believed One Nation could still win.

The race for the seat has been a rollercoaster ride since preference counting started on Sunday.

At the end of yesterday's count Mr Rickuss had 12,065 votes to Ms Hanson's 11,810, a 255-vote lead.

An LNP scrutineer said the Electoral Commission Queensland had said 2000 votes were to be counted tomorrow, which consisted of absentee votes from across the state as well as the continuation of postal votes.

The scrutineer said 3000 postal votes had been counted, with the majority favouring Rickuss.

However Ms Hanson said the result was still too close to call.

"Notional two-party preferences are being distributed but this may not indicate a clear winner," Ms Hanson said.

"If it is still too close after these preferences have been distributed, then we will count the full preference distributions."

MP Ian Rickuss remained tight-lipped while the count continued after he mistakenly claimed victory on Sunday, based on an incorrect two party preferred result posted on the ECQ website.

The count was removed from the site after election analyst and Ipswich Councillor Paul Tully pointed the error out.

The ECQ said in a statement that Saturday was just a notional count to provide indicative information for the benefit of the media and the parties.

"It is not an official count, it is often useful for giving a sample of how the electorate has voted," the ECQ statement said.

"There is no error in counting in Lockyer. We selected the incorrect top two candidates for that notional count.

"We have now selected the top two candidates and are proceeding with another notional count."

With the official count now under way, The ECQ said they would not declare a successful candidate until the mathematical possibility of another candidate winning was eliminated.

Cr Tully said unless there was a remarkable turnaround in the postal votes, Mr Rickuss was almost a certainty to be elected.

"Very rarely do postal votes swing the result," he said.

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