Recount brings hope for Wayne

Australian Sports Party candidate Wayne Dropulich. d409019
Australian Sports Party candidate Wayne Dropulich. d409019

The Stirling resident, who initially missed out on a Senate seat, said he was pleased to have won a seat but would not relax until the 40 day period for formal challenges had ended.

‘Losing after the first count was obviously disappointing, getting the recount to go ahead was good for us and it’s turned out to be a good result. We’ll wait and see what submissions people make to the High Court and if they do, which I expect they will, we’ll see what happens with the High Court,’ he said.

Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn apologised and said he had initiated an urgent examination into the process that led to the misplacement of the ballot papers.

‘I apologise to the electors of WA and to the candidates and parties for this failure of the AEC,’ Mr Killesteyn said.

Mr Dropulich said although the past few weeks had been trying for his party, he was happy with the way the AEC had dealt with the issue.

‘They’ve done a good job in trying circumstances in the last week or so, I think they’ve done the best they can in an unfortunate situation that’s happened and I appreciate that.’