Gympie council on the knife edge

THE Gympie Region will have a new council before the day is out and possibly a new mayor to lead it through the next four years.

Voters will have their say from 8am, with the ballot boxes scheduled to close and the count to begin at 6pm.

Depending on the closeness of the poll, the mayoral result could be known as early as 6.30pm.

The Local Government Association of Queensland this week tipped the turnover of mayors and councillors throughout the state could average 40% or higher.

Its pre-election analysis of the contest has speculated that the turnover rate among the state's 73 local authorities will be higher than in previous elections.

In Gympie, four mayoral candidates will vie for the top job, and 27 divisional candidates for the eight council seats. Unlike the state election, absentee voting is not allowed.

LGAQ chief Greg Hallam said while the Electoral Commission of Queensland was conducting the elections, different arrangements applied to local council elections.

"... there has never been provision for absentee voting at council elections and if you turn up to vote at a polling booth outside your local government area you will not be able to lodge a proper vote."

Full election results will be posted as they come in at www.ecq.qld.gov.au.

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