Q&A: Fairfield City election

Head to head: Frank Carbone and Del Bennett are waiting for the results of a recount of the mayoral ballot.

Head to head: Frank Carbone and Del Bennett are waiting for the results of a recount of the mayoral ballot.

With a recount of the mayoral ballot underway, Fairfield is facing another week of waiting for the final declaration of mayor and councillors.

Need to catch up on what’s been happening?

Here are our answers to your election questions.

Who is Fairfield’s mayor?

The original vote count, completed on Saturday night, showed that independent candidate Frank Carbone had won by 135 votes. 

However, a final declaration is pending from Fairfield’s Returning Officer, who began a recount of the votes on Tuesday morning.

A Fairfield council spokesperson said that the decision to take a recount was “taken quite separate to any request from candidates.”

Australian Labor Party candidate Del Bennett said that she requested a recount on Monday morning, saying that “with election of mayor resting on just 135 of the 108,000 votes cast a recount must occur given there were times when bundles of 200 votes went missing.”

How long will the recount take?

The count began on Tuesday morning and is expected to take “approximately three days” according to Fairfield’s Returning Officer.

What happens then?

Fairfield should have an official mayor by the weekend: however, Cr Bennett has stated that the Labor party may bring a legal challenge to the Supreme Court. 

Cr Carbone said that he is “confident that the result will stand” and he will be the city’s first independent mayor.

Who pays for the recount?

The recount is at no cost to the candidates due to the closeness of the vote tally.

A council spokesperson said that “as the decision to undertake the recount is not in consideration of any candidate request, the legislation provides that the recount costs are to be paid by council as part of the election cost.”

When will the councillors be announced?

No councillors can be announced until the final declaration of mayor.

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