LIVE: SRC Results
WORDS BY EDEN FAITHFUL & JOSH WOOLLER
I reckon we can probably call this for Grant. Will there be a recount?
Only 7 votes have flowed from Pytka to Ma at pre-poll. Grant could be about to take the lead.
187 votes have flowed to Grant at JFR, 202 at Fisher. Ma is 9 votes ahead of Grant.
Honi are reporting that only 44 of Pytka's votes have flown to Ma at JFR, 43 at Fisher. A positive for Grant. Still, is this close enough for a recount to be requested tomorrow?
I'm really tired, and I want to go to bed.
Bella Pytka has officially conceded the election via Facebook. She blames not running an unapologetic "left wing, anti-Liberal" campaign for her defeat.
It looks like Grant is going to need 612 votes to flow from Bella to win, Ma will need 300 votes. This is going down to the wire.
We're heading for preferences!
Pytka has come last at JFR. It's officially Ma v Grant.
This is the pile at JFR. The big pile is Ma.
Still a lot of votes to count, but Ma is looking strong at this point. JFR count starting now.
Heat have also won the Honi election, surprising nobody. How many votes did Honey Soy for Honi get? We may never know...
Brendad Ma has achieved 201 votes at pre-poll out of a possible 483 achieving 42% of the first preference vote. Pyka achieved 112 votes, Grant 146 votes. In other news, India are currently 121/2 against India. A wicket is desperately needed.
The Con has gone almost 100% to Imogen Grant. Not many votes for Ma or Pytka.
It appears Brendan Ma has received the most amount of pre-poll votes, with reports of an inconsistent prefernce flow from other candidates.
Pulp understands that Heat have appealed that Mint's votes should not be counted given their public withdrawal.
The count has begun!
We have a turnout of 4189. Much higher than anyone probably anticipated. Here's the breakdown:
Hello and welcome to Pulp’s live coverage of the SRC elections.
Voting closed about half an hour ago, and the mood on the ground was one of uncertainty. The question on everyone’s mind is the percentage of first preference votes Brendan Ma has received.
If Ma is able to poll at around 45% of first preferences votes, it is likely he will be crowned the next SRC President and become the first Liberal in the role since Joe Hockey*.
If Ma does not poll over 45%, then all eyes will turn to which ticket received the least amount of presidential votes. If Imogen Grant polls in third, then it is likely Bella Pytka will be the 90th President of the SRC, the result of a healthy preference flow from Grant.
If Pytka polls third, all bets are off. Despite the preference deal existing between Grant and Pytka, it appears Ma has received a substantial amount of second preferences from Pytka (according to Honi’s exit polling). Depending on Ma’s first preference count, there is a good chance Ma could still be elected if Pytka polls in third.
However, Ma could also poll in second or third and then either Grant or Pytka would become President. The mood on the ground seems to indicate that it is likely Ma will poll first.
Nonetheless, we’ll find out very soon.
Oh, and Heat will almost certainly win the Honi ‘race’. They might experience a degree of embarrassment depending on the percentage of votes Mint receive. Pulp understands that Mint have asked for their votes to be counted.
*Hockey ran as independent during his campaign, if Ma win, he will become the first card carrying member of the Liberal Party to ever hold the office.