Upper Hunter ballot draw sees Independent Kirsty O'Connell take top spot

Seven of the 13 candidates were on hand on Friday morning for the draw of the ballot paper in the Upper Hunter by-election.
Seven of the 13 candidates were on hand on Friday morning for the draw of the ballot paper in the Upper Hunter by-election.

The ballot draw for the Upper Hunter by-election resulted in Independent Kirsty O'Connell winning the coveted top spot.

In a field of 13 candidates Mrs O'Connell was pleased to be drawn first from the ballot box.

She was followed by: Archie Lea (Independent), Eva Pears (Liberal Democratic Party), Dale McNamara (Pauline Hanson One Nation), Dave Layzell (The Nationals), Tracy Norman (Independent), Steve Reynolds (Independent), Sue Abbott (The Greens), Jeff Drayton (Labor), Callum Blair ( Sustainable Australia Party), Michael Dello-Jacovo (Animal Justice Party), Sue Gilroy (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers) and Kate Fraser (Independent).

Pre-poll opens on Monday and with how-to-vote cards now being printed the question many want to know is where are the preferences going, given the marginal status of the electorate, and the fact the former sitting member Michael Johnsen resigned following revelations of him sending lewd text messages during Parliamentary sittings.

Mrs O'Connell and Tracy Norman have already declared they are preferencing each other.

The outcome of the the election, to be held on Saturday May 22, is expected to come down to preferences.

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