Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk autographs T-shirts as she meets supporters in the suburb of Burpengary in Brisbane's north, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Ms Palaszczuk could form a government after yesterday's state election that saw former premier Campbell Newman lose his seat of Ashgrove and retiring from politics.
Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk autographs T-shirts as she meets supporters in the suburb of Burpengary in Brisbane's north, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. Ms Palaszczuk could form a government after yesterday's state election that saw former premier Campbell Newman lose his seat of Ashgrove and retiring from politics. AAP Image - Dan Peled

QLD voters may have to wait days for final election result

QUEENSLAND may have to wait several days for the final result of the State Election as the counting continues for hotly contested seats.

The role of premier is in Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk's grasp as the Labor Party awaits confirmation on whether it managed to secure the remaining few seats needed to form a majority government.

"We all know that counting is still under way," Ms Palaszczuk said yesterday in the Morayfield electorate.

"We're still hopeful. We're optimistic. But we still have a couple of days until we probably will know the final result."

Late yesterday Labor had secured 43 of the 45 seats needed to form government, while the LNP had 39.

Three electorates were still in question. Labor was leading the vote count in Mansfield and Maryborough while the LNP was leading in the Whitsunday electorate.

Redlands was also a seat considered "in doubt" but it was believed the LNP would likely retain it.

In some seats the count is down to the wire, with less than 1% difference between the two main candidates.

Earlier in the campaign, Ms Palaszczuk said there would be no deals done with minor parties if Labor did not win the majority of seats.

When asked on Saturday if she would stick by that, she said: "I'm quite hopeful that it's going to happen in our own right."

Until a result is known, Campbell Newman has taken on a caretaker role.

Yesterday, he tweeted he had phoned Ms Palaszczuk to congratulate her on her candidates' success.

Mr Newman was also photographed yesterday packing up his office after losing his seat of Ashgrove to Labor's Kate Jones.

While it was still unclear who would take over leadership of the LNP, Ms Palaszczuk said yesterday it would not matter.

"It doesn't matter who leads the LNP - whether it's Tim Nicholls, whether it's Scott Emerson, whether it's Lawrence Springborg, whether it's Jeff Seeney. They want to sell your assets ... and Labor will stop that sale."

She also said the election result sent a clear message that Queenslanders did not want their assets sold.



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