Kathy Hawke, David Gibson, Shena MacDonald and Shane Paulger at the official ballot draw in Gympie yesterday.
Kathy Hawke, David Gibson, Shena MacDonald and Shane Paulger at the official ballot draw in Gympie yesterday. Renee Pilcher

One Nation scores top spot

ONE Nation candidate Santo Ferraro scored top spot on the Gympie ballot paper at the official draw yesterday ahead of next month's State election.

Returning officer Ken Garner placed the names of Gympie's six candidates in sealed envelopes then drew the envelopes from a ballot box in front of a group of witnesses which included four of those candidates.

Family First candidate Kathy Hawke will be in second spot on the ballot paper on March 24, Katter's Australian Party candidate Shane Paulger will be third, LNP candidate David Gibson fourth, Labor candidate Ben Parker fifth and Greens' candidate Shena McDonald sixth.

Mr Garner offered jaffas and reassured the candidates before the draw that the donkey vote "doesn't exist that much these days".

"Everyone seems to know what they are doing," he said.

The electoral roll closed at 5pm on Saturday and nominations closed at noon yesterday.

There will be 31,358 voters in the Gympie electorate next month.

The voting system used in state elections is optional preferential voting. Each voter is asked to place the number "1" against the name of the candidate who is their first choice.

If electors wish, they may also list preferences for some or all of the remaining candidates according to their choice.

There are 89 electoral districts in Queensland, and many Gympie regional voters will not be voting in Gympie, but in the Callide, Noosa or Maryborough electorates.

Candidates in Callide are Camilla Percy for The Greens, Duncan Scott, Steve Ensby for the Australian Party, Jeff Seeney for the LNP and Melissa Newton for Labor.

Candidates in Noosa are Glen Elmes for the LNP, Bob Jarvis for the Australian Party, Jim McDonald for the Greens, Kurt Hopkins for Labor, Bill Colley, and Gemika Maloney for Family First.

Candidates for Maryborough are Ezra Burtt for Labor, Gordon Dale for the Australian Party, Anne Maddern for the LNP, Independent Chris Foley and Garry Claridge for the Greens.

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