Perryman moves closer to Pegler in ‘battle of the mayors’

The final 1,000 declaration votes from Mount Gambier’s early voting centre will be tallied today in order to determine the new member for Mount Gambier.

Over the past few days, state Liberal candidate Steven Perryman has inched closer to his independent rival Don Pegler in a contest widely dubbed “the battle of the mayors”, and according to the ABC computer he is just 298 votes behind.

But the returning officer for the seat of Mount Gambier, Bill Russon, says there is still more work to do before any official announcement is made.

“On the weekend we have the full throw of preferences and the final declaration vote count for any that are remaining, so there’s still a lot of counting to do but it just more or less summarises the situation fully by the end of the weekend,” he said.

“The figures will be fairly obvious at that point in time, but we still have to go ahead and do a full throw of preferences so that you get a final distribution of results.”

A formal declaration of the poll is expected to take place later next week.

Mr Pegler, who is leading the count, says he has spent the week taking phone calls from supporters and catching up on farm work.

“We’ve had a fair bit of sheep work to catch up because during the campaign we were fairly busy with the campaign, so I’ve just been catching up on some of my stock work and book work,” he said.

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