Those waiting to hear the result of the Eden-Monaro by-election should not expect a fast outcome, as vote counting is predicted to take longer than usual due to COVID-19.
The 14 candidates have rushed through a very short campaign period, as former MP Mike Kelly only announced his resignation from the seat in late April and the July 4 by-election date was made public about a month later.
On Wednesday, an Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) spokesperson said due to current health safety measures it is likely to take longer to formally declare a final result in the by-election compared with previous federal by-elections.
"But, as per our normal practice, the AEC will do everything possible to provide an indicative result on polling night," they said.
The spokesperson said the AEC's count arrangements on by-election night will include an appropriate number of staff to count, in polling places, the expected number of pre-poll votes and a portion of estimated postal votes.
"These arrangements have been determined by the number and type of votes at this by-election, with a modelling approach informed by previous elections and the impact of social-distancing protective measures in place," they said.
"The counting of votes will take longer due to the approved COVID-19 safety measures in place in polling places and at our counting centre.
"The expected increase in postal and pre-poll votes cast will also impact the speed of the count, noting the legislative requirement to wait 13 days after election day for the return of postal votes."