Candice Burch to be elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly

Published 11 Dec 2017

Candice Burch is set to replace Mr Steve Doszpot in the ACT Legislative Assembly, the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Damian Cantwell AM announced today.

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

  • Ms Brooke Curtin
  • Mr Peter McKay
  • Ms Leah Dwyer
  • Ms Lucinda Spier
  • Mr John Haydon
  • Ms Candice Burch
  • Ms Rebecca Vassarotti
  • Ms Jillian Thomsen
  • Mr Joshua Ceramidas
  • Ms Marea Fatseas
  • Mr Graeme Strachan
  • Mr Peter Robinson

The result of the countback, to fill the vacancy resulting from the passing of Mr Doszpot from the ACT Legislative Assembly, is attached.

The Canberra Liberals candidate for Kurrajong, Ms Candice Burch received a majority of preferences after Mr Doszpot’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 two days to complete.

It is expected that Ms Burch will be officially declared elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly on Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 3:00 pm by the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Damian Cantwell AM.

Media representatives and members of the public are welcome to attend the declaration of the poll.  The declaration will be held at the ACT Legislative Assembly, Civic Square, 196 London Circuit, Canberra City.