Australia The polls have closed and counting is underway for two Tasmanian Legislative Council seats

03:00  07 may  2018
03:00  07 may  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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Counting is underway for the Legislative Council seats of Hobart and Prosser where more than 48,000 Tasmanian voters have enrolled.

The polls have closed and counting is underway for two Tasmanian Legislative Council seats . Updated May 05, 2018 18:16:40 Counting is underway for the Legislative Council seats of Hobart and Prosser where more…

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission is not expecting final results for either Hobart or Prosser on Saturday night.© Provided by ABC News The Tasmanian Electoral Commission is not expecting final results for either Hobart or Prosser on Saturday night.

Counting is underway for the Legislative Council seats of Hobart and Prosser where more than 48,000 Tasmanian voters have enrolled.

The largely rural Upper House seat of Prosser was created when boundaries were distributed because of population shifts, meaning there is no incumbent.

It is being contested by 13 hopefuls with familiar faces, including former MLCs and ex-MP and recycled candidates from the two major parties: Labor's Janet Lambert and Liberal Jane Howlett.

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The electorate includes the Southern Midlands, Northern Midlands, much of the East Coast and Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas.

The Tasmanian Liberals will be desperately hoping for a Jane Howlett win in Prosser.

The traditionally independent-dominated Upper House has become a little less independent and a little more Labor over the past two years.

After a year struggling to get some key legislation through the Legislative Council, the government does not want a fifth Labor MLC reviewing and voting on its legislation.

City seat held by independent

In Hobart, where the boundaries have changed since the last Legislative Council election, sitting member Rob Valentine is up against five male candidates.

Mr Valentine has held the seat since 2012.

He is a former Hobart lord mayor and an independent, considered to be one of the more left-wing MLCs.

His challengers include Liberal Simon Behrakis, who contested the seat of Denison at the March election.

Also in the race is independent Richard Griggs, the Tasmanian director of Civil Liberties Australia and a former Greens staffer.

Early results for the seat of Hobart are expected on Saturday night but with 13 candidates in Prosser it is likely to be days before a result is known in that seat.

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