Casual vacancy count-back result: Val Jeffery to be elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly

Published 28 Jul 2016

Val Jeffery is set to replace Mr Brendan Smyth in the ACT Legislative Assembly, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Phillip Green announced today.

The names of the candidates who applied to contest the vacancy are as follows:

  • Ms Rebecca Cody
  • Mr Mark Erwood
  • Mr Val Jeffery
  • Mr Michael Lindfield
  • Mr Karl Maftoum
  • Mr Ben Murphy

The result of the count-back to fill the vacancy resulting from the resignation of Mr Brendan Smyth from the ACT Legislative Assembly is linked below.

The Canberra Liberals candidate for Brindabella, Val Jeffery received a majority of preferences after Mr Smyth’s votes were distributed by computer count this afternoon.

The attached tables set out the result of the count, showing at Table I the result of the distribution of the ballot papers, and showing at Table II the result in terms of the number of votes those ballots papers represent.

The computer count, which started shortly after 12.30 pm today, was completed in a few minutes.  By contrast, the last time a manual count was undertaken to fill a casual vacancy in the Assembly – the 2001 recount following the resignation of Mrs Kate Carnell – the count took 2 days to complete.

It is expected that Mr Jeffery will be officially declared elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly on Friday 29 July 2016 at 3.00 pm by the Electoral Commissioner, Mr Phillip Green.

Media representatives and members of the public are welcome to attend the declaration of the poll.  The declaration will be held at the Electoral Commissioner’s office at Level 9, Eclipse House, 197 London Circuit, Canberra City ACT.

Mr Brendan Smyth's vacancy candidate results