election Returning officer Paul Wittman locks the coffs harbour council chambers to secure ballot papers awaiting a final preference count. Photo: Trevor Veale
election Returning officer Paul Wittman locks the coffs harbour council chambers to secure ballot papers awaiting a final preference count. Photo: Trevor Veale Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate

Preference counting hits a snag

THE best laid plans can be brought undone by human error and this is exactly the case when it comes to starting the count of preference votes for Mayor of Coffs Harbour.

Counting was due to begin at the council chambers at 10am but a mistake has delayed the process.

A total of 60 people took the opportunity to vote at Sydney Town Hall. The council votes were to be sent to Newcastle where they would be scanned by a computer while the mayoral votes were to be sent to Coffs Harbour where they would be officially added to the first preference totals.

Unfortunately both sets of ballot papers were sent to Newcastle.

Returning officer Paul Wittman is frustrated he and his team now have to wait for a bundle of 60 votes to be delivered by truck before they can legally begin the process of distributing preferences.

A declaration on who will be Mayor is still expected to be made late on Wednesday.