Ryde challenged the Liberals after the vote count
The Ryde seat in north-west Sydney was appointed to the Liberal Party after a recount three weeks after the election.
Jordan Lane becomes the state’s newest congressman, winning the seat by a handful of votes. He scored just 54 votes more than Labor’s Lyndal Howison, or 50.05 per cent of the 50,808 votes cast.
The recount was announced Thursday at Howison’s request. NSW Elections Commissioner John Schmidt said the recount was reasonable given the small margin of votes between the two front-runners. No counting errors were found.
Ryde is the last seat to be called in the election.
Lane was just 50 votes clear when the first count ended last week, with an 8.9 percent angle with Labour.
The seat was previously held by senior Liberal MP Victor Dominello, who has retired from Parliament. Lane was elected Mayor of the City of Ryde in 2022.
The recount began on Saturday and ended just after 5:30 p.m.
Labor has failed to secure a majority government that secures 45 of the 47 seats needed. Just over 85 percent of the votes were counted. A record number of absentee ballots were cast that year, delaying counting.
New constituency boundaries were set for Ryde in 2021, with voters losing parts of North Ryde and gaining areas of Eastwood and Carlingford.
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