The Australian Electoral Commission has today confirmed that Labor’s Fiona Phillips has won the federal seat of Gilmore.
Surrounded by supporters at the AEC facility at Port Kembla this morning, Ms Phillips thanked her family, supporters and staff, as well as acknowledging the other candidates and their families.
AEC officials confirmed the final vote count, following the distribution of preferences on a two candidate basis, with Fiona Phillips recording 56,039 with Andrew Constance recording 55,666.
The Federal Liberal Party is refusing to concede the seat of Gilmore, candidate Andrew Constance was expected to meet with senior party officials this morning to consider where-to-next after the AEC refused a recount in the closely contested seat.
“Mr Constance has declined to comment publicly but in a statement said they’ll review the Commissioner’s reason and won’t rule out lodging a case with the Court of Disputed Returns.
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