Kon safe as lord mayor but he may have to face nemesis Amye Un as alderman

by | Aug 29, 2021 | News | 0 comments

Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis will keep his job, along with Palmerston mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell, and with Jimmy Cocking leading the mayoral vote in Alice Springs, while Darwin’s laksa queen Amye Un has a chance of getting a spot on council, while Raj Rajwin has the potential to win in Palmerston.

Mr Vatskalis has received 15,850 votes, with 56.2 per cent of the vote counted.

His closest rival is Ms Un with 3,406 votes, followed by comedian and soup kitchen organiser Leah Potter – who is also well known in politics for other reasons – with 3,250 votes.

Ms Pascoe-Bell received 8,744 votes with 52.7 per cent of the vote counted. Next is Ryan Pettifer with 1,757 votes.

In Alice Springs Jimmy Cocking is in the lead with 2,821 votes with 58.9 per cent of the votes counted. He is followed by Matt Patterson who has 2,238 votes, and Eli Melky with 1,132 votes, so the results could change with preferences.

In Katherine Kevin South is leading the mayoral contest with 1,055 votes with 48.9 per cent of the vote counted. Next closest is Lis Clark with 920 votes.

In Litchfield Maree Bredhauer is leading the mayoral field with 1,745 votes with 58.9 per cent of the votes counted. She leads Doug Barden who has 1,559 votes, and Andrew Macaky who has 1,301 votes.

In all the Darwin wards there are three alderman positions open in each.

In Chan ward alderman Peter Pangquee is leading with 1,636 votes, from Morgan Rickard with 1,629, and Ed Smelt on 1,525, with 56.6 per cent of the vote counted.

In Richardson alderman Jimmy Bourhoris has 2,463 votes, alderman Rebecca Want de Rowe has 1,994, and Vim Sharma has 1,222, with 62.9 per cent of the vote counted.

In Waters Sylvia Klonaris is leading with 1,865 votes, from Brian O’Gallagher with 1,779, followed by alderman Justine Glover with 1,458 votes, with 55.6 per cent of the votes counted.

Gary Haslett, who was also running for lord mayor and made headlines recently after being bashed, has 592 votes and looks likely to lose his council seat.

In Lyons alderman Paul Arnold is leading with 1,575 votes, from alderman Mick Palmer with 1,288 votes, ahead of Adam Troyn with 928 votes, with 50.9 per cent of the vote counted.

But Ms Un has 918 votes.

Ms Un recently featured in an Al Jazeera mini documentary about her tilt as an independent for the seat of Fong Lim in last year’s Territory election. She received about 10 per cent of that vote in that election.

In that documentary was a video Ms Un made called “We need green”, in which she addressed Mr Vatskalis and waved a wooden spoon, calling on “Mr Big Boss of City Council”  to fix up the nature reserve in the median strip on the Stuart Hwy outside her business. She said if she was lord mayor she would not sit on her arse.

In  Palmerston there are seven spots on council. Lucy Morrison has the highest tally with 2,526 votes with 52.4 per cent of the vote counted. Sarah Henderson is next with 2,046 votes. Damien Hale is next, followed by a tie on 987 votes between Raj Rajwin and Amber Garden. There are another five candidates still in the running to take the last two spots.

You can click here to get all the results from all Territory councils.

About half of the votes have been counted in a lot of electorates but stopped on Saturday night and counting will not begin again until Monday. The deadline for postal votes is not until noon on Friday, September 10. Results will be declared on September 13.

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