Election woes ‘not out of the ordinary’

The Electoral Commission of Queensland claims prolonged delays and ballot paper shortages at past month’s Logan Metropolis Council elections had been not out of the normal.

An ECQ spokesperson stated ballot boxes which ran out of papers were being “quickly replenished by our team of returning officers”.

“This is not an out of the normal event, and electors who remained in these polling destinations gained their ballot papers and had been equipped to cast their votes,” they explained.

“We have been given no reports of electors being turned away from a polling booth if they arrived right before 6pm.

“At the Eagleby polling booth, the returning officer has advised that any electors arriving right after all-around 5.40pm were redirected to the nearby Cornubia polling booth.”

The ECQ spokesperson explained they anticipated queues in some sites on March 6.

“Queues on election working day are not uncommon,” they reported.

“And though there ended up long queues in some locations, in many other people the wait time for electors was quite limited.”

Any challenges to the final result of elections would be read by the Courtroom of Disputed Returns.

Any purposes needed to be lodged inside of seven days of the conclusion of the suitable nearby governments election.

“As we do following any election event, we will examine how this event has been delivered and make any expected adjustments,” the ECQ spokesperson stated.