$100m election promises in Indi will be honoured: Martin

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STILL HOLDING ON TO HOPE: Liberal candidate Steve Martin, pictured with wife Annabel on Saturday night, is hoping for a miraculous turnaround in voting trends among postal votes to win the seat. PHOTO: Courtesy Border Mail

MORE than $100 million in election promises by the Coalition across Indi will be honoured, according to Liberal candidate Steve Martin.

Speaking to the Wangaratta Chronicle today, the Wodonga engineer who campaigned strongly for community projects – some coming from his 50 communities in 50 days tour – said irrespective of who was elected in Indi, the re-elected Coalition will honour the commitments made.

“The Morrison Government is all about being a stable, sensible government and it will deliver on its commitments,” Mr Martin said.

“The funding we secured for the projects we advocated for will deliver alot of benefit throughout Indi.”

With 79.86 per cent of the vote counted by the Australian Electoral Commission, Independent Helen Haines remains well ahead of Mr Martin – 44,512 votes to 41,731 – on a two candidate preferred tally.

While most of the nation has called Dr Haines’ victory in Indi, Mr Martin confirmed he was awaiting the outcome of postal votes as he could mathematically still win the seat.

“It is still possible, but it would require a dramatic turnaround in the voting pattern we’ve seen so far,” he said.

“I need a 5.5 per cent swing…currently it’s around four per cent (3.91 per cent).

“We knew it would be close and I’m disappointed we’re behind, but I want to thank all the volunteers who’ve contributed to the campaign and congratulate Helen for a strong campaign.”

It is understood the AEC issued 10,000 postal vote applications in Indi, with around 6000 postal votes to be counted this week in Wangaratta, starting tomorrow.

Postal votes, in order to be valid, need to have been post stamped before the close of business last Friday and can be included up until May 31.

An definitive outcome is expected this week.

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