The Hills Council local government election results emerging

With more than 70 per cent of votes counted in The Hills Council's four wards it seems clear that the Liberal Party won the majority of the votes in yesterday's local government elections.

At this stage not all of the votes in the referendum over whether The Hills should have a popularly elected mayor have been counted.

But of the votes which have been tallied, 53.6 per cent of voters support having a mayor elected by the public, while 47.4 per cent oppose the change.

The questioned asked in the referendum was: 

Do you favour the election of the Mayor by electors for a four year term which necessarily increases the number of Councillors by 1?

There were eight Liberal and four Labor councillors elected at the previous local government election in 2008.

Three councillors are elected to each of the four wards which are called the Central, North, East and West.

The Liberal Party has won 67.4 per cent of the votes counted so far and the Labor Party has won 22.2 per cent.

In the Central Ward the Liberal Party has won 65.6 per cent of the votes counted so far. Yvonne Keane, the founder of local charity Hear the Children, was the first person on the ticket and is sure to secure a spot on council.

The Labor Party, led by sitting councillor Tony Hay, has won 18.9 per cent and The Building Australia Party has won 5.9 per cent of the vote.

Another 9.7 per cent of the vote in the ward went to ungrouped candidates, including Peter Dimbrowsky who failed to be preselected by the Liberal Party in the lead up to the election.

In the East Ward the Labor Party has won 30.1 per cent of the votes counted so far and the Liberals, led by sitting councillor Andrew Jefferies, have won 64.3 per cent.

The Building Australia Party has won 5.6 per cent of votes in the ward.

In the North Ward the Liberal Party has won 70.3 per cent of the votes counted so far and Labor has won 14 per cent.

The Greens have won 6.2 per cent and The Building Australia Party has won 2.1 per cent.

The Liberal Democratic Party won 5.7 per cent of the votes in the ward and 1.2 per cent of the vote went to an ungrouped candidate.

In the West Ward Labor won 26.1 per cent of the votes counted so far and the Liberal Party won 68.6 of the votes.

The Building Australia Party won 4.4 per cent of the votes counted at this stage and a further 0.8 per cent of the votes in the ward went to an ungrouped candidate.

The counting continues.

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