Andrew Fraser celebrates his re-election as Coffs Harbour member with supporters.
Andrew Fraser celebrates his re-election as Coffs Harbour member with supporters. Brad Greenshields

Recriminations over bad behaviour as Nationals take Coffs

THE behaviour of a very small minority of voters on the Coffs Coast has been questioned by both sides of the political divide.

"A lot of my booth workers have been abused, one person was spat on. We've never had that here before and it upsets me," incumbent Nationals member Andrew Fraser said.

Country Labor candidate June Smith said there were incidents on her side at Sawtell PS and Narranga PS.

"The one at Narranga would normally be considered an assault," Mrs Smith said.

"A man went up to a woman and put his face only six inches away and shouted four letter words."

Returning officer for Coffs Harbour, Cliff Mitchell, said he'd received no official complaints through the course of the day and expressed surprise upon hearing of the incidents.

"I've had them outside the pre-polling office for two weeks and I have to say they all got on famously," Mr Mitchell said.

"They even all helped each other put their things away when it started raining."



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