Immediate past Conargo Shire Mayor Norm Brennan has taken and held an early lead in the Edward River Council elections following the close of polls yesterday.
This morning, he holds just over 20 per cent of the votes (962 votes), with more than 1400 votes yet to be tallied.
The NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) says there were 6420 registered voters in the Edward River area at the end of July.
At the suspension of the count at 11.59pm Saturday, 4934 voted had been counted. There are 162 votes deemed to be informal, and therefore not contributing to the results.
At 8am this morning, Mr Brennan was well clear of the next highest vote getter, with Pat Fogarty so far claiming 496 votes (10.30 per cent).
She is followed closely behind by immediate past Deniliquin Council Mayor and government appointed Edward River Council administrator Ashley Hall on 479 (10.04 per cent).
There is a close race between Peta Betts, Mac Wallace, Margaret Bull and Norm McAllister, with only two to four points separating each.
Other candidates in vote order to date are: Peter McCrabb, Rob Sobolewski, Nick Metcalfe, Peter Connell, James Sides, Andrew Howley, Airlie Circuitt, Peter Robinson, Jeff Shand and Sue Taylor.
With votes yet to be counted, a final quota has still not been determined. It will not be set until after 6pm Monday, when postal voting closes.
Voting is also continuing in the Murray River Council area, where immediate past Wakool Shire Mayor Neil Gorey is the clear favourite in the Greater Wakool Ward (705 votes). Voting numbers see former councillors Alan Mathers and Ann Crowe follow, and then Katherine O’Brien and Christine Dartnell.
Geoff Wise has taken a clear lead in the Greater Murray ward with 670 votes, but with former Murray Shire Mayor Tom Weyrich not far behind on 498. Other candidates in vote order are: Tony Aquino, immediate past Murray Shire Mayor John Pocklington and Nicole Stenhouse.
With 734 first preference votes so far, Nicole Cohen is the clear favourite in the Moama ward, followed by Chris Bilkey, Gen Campbell and Geoff McKenzie.
More details on both elections in Tuesday’s Pastoral Times.