QLDC candidate to think on recount

Glyn Lewers
Glyn Lewers
Queenstown Lakes District Council candidate Glyn Lewers says he does not want to make a decision about asking for a re-count "while the blood's pumping" and will take the weekend to mull it over.

In what is one of the closest local body election results in New Zealand, Mr Lewers was edged out from the council table by a solitary vote, landing on 2813, behind AJ Mason (2814).

The official result was declared on Thursday - Mr Lewers has three days to ask for a countback.

Yesterday afternoon he said he was "still just trying to get my head together".

"It's actually a decent process if you do go down that path and then there's costs involved with it, that may or may not fall on me.

"One vote, obviously, you can understand - it's a bit raw - so I just don't want to make a decision while the blood's pumping."

Yesterday the Otago Daily Times reported if Mr Lewers did ask for a countback and both men ended up tied with the same number of votes, the seat would be decided by a coin toss.

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