IT is heading down to the wire with just a handful of votes separating the two front-runners for the state seat of Jandakot, three days after the election.
With 76 per cent of nominations counted, Labor’s Yaz Mubarakai leads Liberal incumbent Joe Francis by just four votes on a two-party preferred basis – 10,679 to 10,675.
Percentage-wise it could not be closer (50.01 per cent of votes to 49.99), but Mr Mubarakai said he was not feeling the nerves with the count so tight.
“My take on it is that I can’t control the result, but I could control the commitment I made during the campaign,” he said.
“I’m really proud of all my effort. I’m overjoyed.”
Mr Mubarakai said a result was unlikely before Friday, with postal votes still filtering in.
“It’s out of my control,” he said.
“We’ll see what happens.”
Mr Francis, speaking on 6PR this morning, said he would not be monitoring the WA Electoral Commission website for a result.
“It’s not healthy for my sanity or my family’s,” he said in typically honest fashion.
“I don’t know (if I will win or lose).
“There’s 29,000 enrolled voters in Jandakot.
“Last time there was a 9 per cent no-show who didn’t vote.
“If it was 15 per cent this time, worst case scenario, there’s still some 3-4000 thousand votes.
“I just do not know and we may not know for another week from now.”