Officials recounted all votes for the seat of Mt Coot-tha following an overnight break-in at an Electoral Commission office. Police have confirmed they are investigating the attempted burglary at an office on Lang Parade, Milton, where state election ballot papers for the seat are being counted and stored. The Electoral Commission later confirmed the security incident at the Mt Coot-tha Returning Officer’s office had been resolved and there had been no disturbance to the integrity of vote counting. “All material in the office had been counted over the weekend and today’s check count and audit confirms that figures remain unchanged,” a commission statement said.
“In addition to the number of ballots on hand, the commission can also confirm the authenticity of all ballots in the office. “The Mt Coot-tha district count will continue in line with the state-wide count.”
The seat has gone to the ALP’s Steven Miles, but the votes were being counted for recording purposes.
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