Fairfax Media South Australia will be covering the 2016 Federal election live on Saturday, July 2. Follow this blog for all the latest updates from the Mayo and Barker electorates.
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10.23pm: I’m signing off, but will provide the final counts for Mayo and Barker as soon as they are announced. In the meantime, here’s what the tallies are looking like:
MAYO: With 58.71 per cent of votes counted, Nick Xenophon Team’s Rebekha Sharkie has 56 per cent of votes, and Liberals’ Jamie Briggs has 44 per cent.
BARKER: Liberals’ Tony Pasin has 46.46 per cent of votes, and Nick Xenophon Team’s James Stacey has 29.17 per cent.
9.33pm: The Australian Electoral Commission has released a statement related to waiting times at polling booths today.
9.06pm: With the count still going in Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie’s got 56.1 per cent of voters.
8.39pm: Jamie Briggs has conceded defeat to Rebekha Sharkie.
After a tough fight tonight hasn't been our night, thanks to those who supported me and my best to the new member, its a great electorate— Jamie Briggs (@BriggsJamie) July 2, 2016
8.28pm: Beginning to sound a little repetitive, but Rebekha Sharkie’s still in front in Mayo. Meanwhile in Barker, counting is (understandably) taking a while.
With 34.32% of votes counted, Rebekha Sharkie is still leading with 55.75% of votes in her favour. Jamie Briggs trails with 44.25% #ausvotes— Alice Dempster (@alice_primrose) July 2, 2016
Interestingly, counting in Murray Bridge is not keeping up with the rest of Barker yet. Only MB East has counted all first prefs yet.— Peri Strathearn (@PeriStrathearn) July 2, 2016
Mannum & Meningie haven't been counted yet either. But Tailem has. Phew. #ausvotes— Peri Strathearn (@PeriStrathearn) July 2, 2016
8pm: 18.47 per cent of votes have been counted in Mayo. Rebekha Sharkie still leading the way.
With 18.47% of votes counted in #Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie's still leading the way with 55.37% of voters in her favour.— Alice Dempster (@alice_primrose) July 2, 2016
7.35pm: Rebekha Sharkie still with the lead over Jamie Briggs in Mayo, while Liberal MP Tony Pasin looks likely to continue as the Member for Barker.
7.20pm: With nearly four per cent of votes counted, Nick Xenophon Team’s Rebekha Sharkie is leading the Liberals’ Jamie Briggs in Mayo.
7.15pm: Murray Valley Standard senior journalist Peri Streathern is keeping Barker constituents up-to-date with a live blog. Visit it here.
7pm: Keep up-to-date with our interactive candidate results graphics for Mayo and Barker.
First results in Barker! Liberal 52%, NXT 31%, Labor 10% with almost 3% of the vote counted. Early days. #ausvotes— Peri Strathearn (@PeriStrathearn) July 2, 2016
6.15pm: Masses of voters lined up in rain, sun, and then rain again in the Mayo and Barker electorates today.
Line ups were long, but the crowds were kept happy with the usual #democracysausages on offer at most polling booths.
Our journalists were out in force to photograph and interview locals (and vote themselves!).
Goolwa CFS crews were sizzling sausages for the hungry hordes at Goolwa Primary School.
One member said the team had taken around 700 sausages to the polling booth, but had nearly run out by 2pm.
They were in good spirits, thanking voters for supporting the crew with optional gold coin donations.
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SEAT OF MAYO:
- The federal government’s $50 billion submarine project at Osborne, Australia’s largest Naval investment since the Second World War, will have flow-on benefits for regional South Australia, says the defence minister.
- The federal electorate of Mayo was a political battleground in June, as both the Liberal Party and Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) rolled out their big guns to the Fleurieu Peninsula.
- Glen Dallimore is the Labor candidate for the Mayo electorate at the July 2 Federal election.
- There has been confusion at the Australian Electoral Commission’s early voting centre in Victor Harbor, with mixed messages sent out about its opening times.
- The Nick Xenophon Team will have a candidate in the Mayo electorate for the 2016 Federal election.
SEAT OF BARKER:
- Loxton school teacher Yvonne Zeppel will take on long-standing Member for Barker Tony Pasin in the federal election on July 2.
- Murray Bridge scholar Mark Keough will stand again as the Greens candidate for the Barker electorate in the coming federal election.
- The Naracoorte Herald team asks the candidates for the seat of Barker what they stand for ahead of Saturday's federal election.
- Murray Bride local Mat O’Brien has been announced as the labor candidate, fighting for the seat of Barker in the upcoming federal election.