Libs look to keep seat by narrow margin

JUST a few hundred votes separate the two contenders for the NSW seat of East Hills.

The NSW Electoral Commission’s Virtual Tally Room shows first time Liberal party candidate Wendy Lindsay (pictured with Premier Gladys Berejiklian in Padstow) leading Labor’s Cameron Murphy by just 542 votes on the two candidate preferred checked count.

Already one of the state’s most marginal seats, the final result will be officially declared later today.

Mr Murphy admitted that it might be hard to catch Ms Lindsay at this point, but wouldn’t say whether he would ask for a recount.

“It’s exceptionally close. I’ll see where the final vote lands at the end and go from there,” he said.

Also reluctant to call a result, Ms Lindsay says she is waiting for the official declaration, admitting with a laugh that it has “felt like the longest count in history”.

“I’ve been catching up with my life and reintroducing myself to my children,” she said.

“It will be good to put a full stop at the end of the sentence, whichever way it goes.”