Election 2016: Anne Aly takes unassailable lead in Cowan

Cowan's Labor candidate Dr Anne Aly on Election Day.
Cowan's Labor candidate Dr Anne Aly on Election Day.

COWAN has a new Federal MP, with Labor candidate Anne Aly now in an unassailable lead.

While the seat has not been officially declared by the Australian Electoral Commission Dr Aly now leads the incumbent, Liberal Luke Simpkins, by 1030 votes with only 5203 votes left to count.

Dr Aly won the most votes on election day before Mr Simpkins staged a comeback based on postal votes and absentee votes cast in the strongly Liberal seat of Moore, at one point seemingly cutting Dr Aly’s lead from 959 votes to 397.

However, the discovery of 200 votes for Greens candidate Sheridan Young mistakenly placed in the Liberal pile marked the beginning of the end for Mr Simpkins.

Preferences from 160 of the 200 Greens votes flowed to Dr Aly, boosting her lead by 360 votes.

This development prompted the Labor candidate to claim victory.

Absentee votes from seats other than Moore – cast on election day but outside of Cowan – favoured Dr Aly, pushing her lead over 1000 by late yesterday afternoon.