Ballot placing set for election

Corangamite voters will have the choice of 10 candidates at the election including, from left, Courtney Dalton, Libby Coker, Nick Steel, Sarah Henderson and Michael Lawrence.

Corangamite voters will have the choice of 10 candidates at the election including, from left, Courtney Dalton, Libby Coker, Nick Steel, Sarah Henderson and Michael Lawrence.

AN INDEPENDENT candidate has claimed the first spot on the 2016 federal election ballot paper while sitting MP Sarah Henderson drew the bottom position.

Colac and district voters will have the choice of 10 candidates when they hit the polling booths on July 2.

Australian Electoral Commission officials drew the ballot order in Colac at midday on Friday.

Independent candidate Michael Lawrence claimed the favoured first spot on the ballot paper, Family First’s Alan Barron is at second, Nick Steel from Rise Up Australia is third and Liberal Democrat’s Lousi Rowe number four.

Labor’s candidate Libby Coker is fifth on the ballot, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party’s Patrice Nelson is number six and Andy Meddick for the Animal Justice Party is number seven.

Last minute candidate Courtney Dalton for the Drug Law Reform party is at number eight and the Green’s candidate Patchouli Paterson is number nine.

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