UPDATE: Voting comes to standstill as mayor still undecided
THE VOTE count has come to a halt in deciding who will be the next mayor of the South Burnett Regional Council.
Since 12.30pm on Sunday, March 29 the figures have remained unchanged in the mayoral candidate race.
Brett Otto is still leading the pack on 39.41 ahead of the incumbent mayor Keith Campbell who was sitting on 35.96 per cent.
Other mayoral candidates Abigail Andersson was sitting on 15.79 per cent and Toni Ralph had 8.83 per cent of the votes.
A spokeswoman from the Electoral Commission of Queensland said postal votes needed to be back by 5pm on April 7.
She said with so many postal votes in this election, many areas could be affected and have to wait to know the final result.
In the South Burnett 2020 election, more than 7000 of the 23,000 residents pre polled before election day.
This comes after the ECQ encouraged voters to pre poll amid the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia.
THE race for the top seat just became even closer with less than 40 per cent of the vote count to go.
Incumbent mayor Keith Campbell has slightly gained momentum to nearly catch first time mayoral candidate Brett Otto who was in front early this morning.
At 12.30pm with 61.33 per cent of the votes counted, Mr Otto had a 39.41 per cent lead over Cr Campbell who had risen up from 33.34 to 35.96 per cent.
Abigail Andersson was sitting on 15.79 per cent and Toni Ralph had 8.83 per cent of the votes.
More updates to come.
EARLIER SUNDAY 8.30AM
FOUR candidates are vying for the top spot and with results rolling in it's becoming a two-horse race between two nominees.
As of about 8.30am Sunday morning, just 22.6 percent of the mayoral candidate votes have been counted, but there are clear leaders to the pack.
The results coming through are the votes that have been counted up to the evening of March 28. Election officials will resume counting today.
Director of Otto Group Accountants and first-time runner Brett Otto has 41.31 per cent of votes for the top spot.
Incumbent mayor Keith Campbell, meanwhile, has so far secured just 33.34 per cent.
Local business owner Abigail Andersson has 16.20 per cent, and Toni Ralph has 9.15 per cent.
If Otto continues his lead, it will end Campbell's decades of service with local council.
He began his career in council when the region amalgamated and he was the only councillor to stand unopposed in the 2008 elections (for division 4).
Campbell was Wayne Kratzmann's deputy mayor from 2012 to 2016, before he was elected mayor in 2016, ahead of four other candidates.
More information to come as election officials continue to count votes later today.