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Andrew Constance is denied a recount in the NSW seat of Gilmore

Sore loser Liberal ex-minister won’t get recount of seat he lost to Labor MP by just 373 votes – he was out of work after retiring from state politics

  • Andrew Constance denied recount of Gilmore’s razor-sharp federal seat
  • He lost to Labor incumbent Fiona Phillips by just 373 votes after a long count
  • Mr Constance was NSW Transport Secretary until he dropped out to run for the federal seat

A request for a recount in Gilmore’s NSW seat has been rejected by the Australian Election Commission.

The Liberal candidate for the seat, Andrew Constance, wrote a letter to the committee asking for the recount, voicing concerns about the scrutiny of informal votes.

“Given the good result, I think there are good grounds for a recount and I have made a request to the Australian Election Commissioner,” Constance said on Tuesday.

Constance, who was NSW’s Transport Secretary until he left state politics to go for Gilmore, lost to Labor incumbent Fiona Phillips by just 373 votes.

Andrew Constance has been denied recount of Gilmore's razor-sharp federal seat (pictured on Election Day there)

Andrew Constance has been denied recount of Gilmore’s razor-sharp federal seat (pictured on Election Day there)

Constance, who was NSW's Transport Secretary until he left state politics to go for Gilmore, lost to Labor incumbent Fiona Phillips (pictured) by just 373 votes

Constance, who was NSW’s Transport Secretary until he left state politics to go for Gilmore, lost to Labor incumbent Fiona Phillips (pictured) by just 373 votes

The seat was to be formally declared Tuesday, but the statement was postponed in light of the request for a recount.

However, Ms Phillips said the request was not granted.

“The AEC informed me this morning that Andrew Constance’s application for a recount in Gilmore has been rejected,” she said on Twitter.

“The details for the AEC Gilmore poll statement will be announced shortly.”

An electoral commission spokesman said the request for a recount had been carefully considered, with the counting process for Gilmore conducted in accordance with electoral laws.

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited a local business in Gilmore with Mr Constance, a leading Liberal candidate, on the first day of the election campaign

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited a local business in Gilmore with Mr Constance, a leading Liberal candidate, on the first day of the election campaign

The Liberals had a 2.44 percent swing in NSW South Coast seat, which went against the national trend, but Constance fell 0.2 percent short.

An electorate recount would have been triggered automatically if there were fewer than 100 votes between the first and second-placed candidates.

The final result in the House of Representatives is expected to be 77 seats for Labour, 58 for the Coalition, four Greens, 10 Independents, one Katter’s Australian Party MP and one Center Alliance MP.

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