Full recount to drag Lockyer ballot out to end of the week
While the Electoral Commission Queensland hoped to declare all seats "as soon as possible" after postal voting ended on Tuesday, the seat of Lockyer is set to drag on likely to the end of the week.
The ECQ finished what they call the "notional count" on Tuesday with LNP incumbent Ian Rickuss ahead of One Nation's Pauline Hanson by 184 votes.
However a full recount of votes will now take place which includes the painstaking process of redistributing all the eliminated candidates' votes one at a time.
An LNP scrutineer estimated that process as 'at least two days' but the scrutineer was confident Mr Rickuss would win the count and the ballot would not be referred to the court of disputed returns.
"We've been watching the count every step of the way as has Pauline Hanson," the scrutineer said.
Mr Rickuss finished 2133 votes ahead of Ms Hanson on primary votes but the One Nation leader clawed her way back into the race on Labor preferences despite Labor putting her last on their how to vote cards.
"Pauline out-preferenced Ian three to one with Labor voters but roughly the same number exhausted their votes," the scrutineer said.
Those exhausted votes look likely to be the margin of defeat for Ms Hanson though she did not concede when she spoke to the Gatton Star on Tuesday evening.
"It's still extremely close," Ms Hanson said.
"But if I lose, I will be looking over Mr Rickuss's shoulder to make sure he does his job."
Ms Hanson thanked all her supporters in the campaign.
"I've made a lot of new friends in this electorate and I will continue to pay close attention to what is happening here," she said.