Ted O'Brien on polling day.
Ted O'Brien on polling day. Richard Bruinsma

More than 11,000 Fairfax votes challenged for authenticity

JUST over 31% of Fairfax ballot papers were examined by mid afternoon yesterday but the huge number of challenges means the recount to separate Clive Palmer and Ted O'Brien still has a long way to go.

Of the 28,128 ballots to be examined to date 11,238 have been challenged for authenticity and another 3694 for other reasons.

The Divisional Returning Officer David McKenzie has been required to rule on all of those with 4668 needing referral to the Australian Electoral Officer Queensland (AEO) for final determination.

The AEO began scrutinising referred ballots in Brisbane at 9am yesterday.

The two candidates were advised and were entitled to a scrutineer to oversee the process.

Those ballot papers in question will then be marked either "admitted" or "rejected" and returned to the Maroochydore counting centre for re-inclusion in the count.

Votes examined so far have come from 22 of 46 polling places available to Fairfax voters.

That full recount involves a fresh look at every one of the 89,173 votes cast in the seat.


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