Votes go down for the count

WHEN the voting in council elections is all done today, polling officials will be kept busy with the counting task. But you may not know who your new mayor is until Tuesday.

Richmond Valley and Kyogle returning officer John Arthur said only first preferences would be counted tonight.

Postal votes will be accepted until Monday and the preference count for mayor will begin early Tuesday.

Kyogle residents do not directly elect their mayor, and the position will be determined by the new councillors at their first council meeting.

In Ballina and Byron council areas, returning officer Kerry Crawford said he hoped to have a result for the two mayoral positions by Sunday or Monday.

For the other council positions in Lismore, Richmond Valley and Byron, votes are sent to Sydney to be entered into a computer system.

Once all the votes for an area have been submitted, the Electoral Commission computer is able to determine the winners without the need to manually distribute preferences.

In the Kyogle and Ballina shires, where councillors represent wards within their respective councils, votes will be manually counted in the returning officer's office.



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