SCRUTINEERS: Rod Wallis, Bev Wallis, Lyn Kajewski, Jim Allen, Joanne Christiansen and Howard Hobbs can finally put their feet up.
SCRUTINEERS: Rod Wallis, Bev Wallis, Lyn Kajewski, Jim Allen, Joanne Christiansen and Howard Hobbs can finally put their feet up. James Liveris

ELECTION DAY: Polls closed, result of the Maranoa awaits

THE CLOCK has officially hit 6pm, the polls have closed and the scrutineers of the Maranoa may now stand down.

Election officials will now begin counting the votes as incumbent David Littleproud (LNP) has his seat contested by Linda Little (ALP), Anthony Wallis (KAP), Rosemary Moulden (One Nation), Emmeline Chidley (Greens), Julie Saunders (United Australia), and Darren Christiansen (Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party).

Scrutineer and father of Anthony Wallis, Rod Wallis, has been putting in nine hour shifts manning the fort for the last six days in support of his son.

Mr Wallis told the Western Star his son wants to do the best for Australia and that is why he is trying to get into Parliament.

"The Roma people have been very receptive,” Mr Wallis said.

"You get a few who just walk straight past you but generally they have been very courteous, which is not the easiest thing to do when I'm poking flyers at them.”

Former Warrego MP Howard Hobbs, a 29-year-long serving veteran of the Legislative Assembly, has also been handing out pamphlets for the LNP over the last week.

Mr Hobbs said he was showing his support because he is frightened of the thought of ALP leader Bill Shorten leading the country.

"He will destroy the farming industry and unfortunately there are parties out here that will give their preferences to the ALP,” Mr Hobbs said.

"The Roma people have been great, David Littleproud has a very solid record of what he has done for the Maranoa and they know that.”

Joanne Christiansen, scrutineer for Fraser Anning's Conservative National Party said thankfully she has not had to dodge any eggs today.

"I have noticed some obvious rejection,” Mrs Christiansen said.

"But it's the first time we've had so many candidates in the Maranoa election and I think that shows a certain level of unhappiness at the federal level rather than local incumbents.

"I'm here to support my son and to see change in Australia.”

The first results will start appearing after 6.10pm AEST.


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