Lyne electorate declaration of the poll held at Taree's Australian Electoral Commission office

Australian Electoral Commission acting divisional returning officer Scott Morrison declared The Nationals Dr David Gillespie as Member for Lyne. Photo supplied.
Australian Electoral Commission acting divisional returning officer Scott Morrison declared The Nationals Dr David Gillespie as Member for Lyne. Photo supplied.

The House of Representatives declaration for the Lyne election was held at Taree's Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) office on Wednesday, June 12.

At the event, AEC acting divisional returning officer Scott Morrison declared The Nationals' Dr David Gillespie polled the most votes and retained the seat of Lyne.

In the first preference counts, Dr Gillespie won the seat with 49,934 votes - or 49.35 percent with Labor's Phil Costa returning 24,371 votes or 24.09 percent.

The Greens' Stuart Watson returned 6589 votes or 6.51 percent.

On a two party preferred, Dr Gillespie secured 65.17 percent or 65,942 votes while Mr Costa returned 34.83 percent or 35,238 votes.

Nine candidates stood for the May 18 election in Lyne.

There was a total of 111,276 votes counted. There were just over 10,000 informal votes counter as part of the poll.

Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie.

Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie.

The remaining candidates received the following votes:

Stuart Watson (The Greens)- 6589 votes

Dean McRae (Liberal Democrats)- 5864 votes

Jeremy Miller (Independent)- 5169 votes

Garry Bourke (United Australia Party)- 4098 votes

Ryan Goldspring (Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party)- 1986 votes

Ed Caruana (Australian Workers Party)- 1676 votes

Catherine Zhao (Christian Democrats Fred Nile Group)- 1493 votes

Based on the total number of eligible voters, 7450 people didn't vote.

Dr Gillespie first contested Lyne in 2010 before taking the seat three years later on the retirement of former member Rob Oakeshott.

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