Darren Power ahead in slow Logan poll count impacted by COVID-19

POLLS have closed in one of the most unusual elections ever held in Queensland.

MAYORAL ASPIRANT: Veteran councillor Darren Power hopes to win the mayoralty.

MAYORAL ASPIRANT: Veteran councillor Darren Power hopes to win the mayoralty.

The election featured no cake stalls or barbecues, no queues and no candidates and supporters harassing voters at the front gate of polling booths.

Changes were courtesy of the COVID-19 virus which saw about 55 per cent of Queenslanders vote early.

About 750,000 Queenslanders voted in the 77 councils although by election day about 1.2 million had already voted via pre-polling, by phone or made arrangements for a postal vote.

Here is the Queensland Electoral Commission preliminary count so far:

With 21 per cent of the vote counted, long-term councillor Darren Power is in a strong position with 31.96 per cent. He leads Brett Raguse with 19.25 per cent.

Councillors Lisa Bradley, Teresa Lane, Russell Mindy, Laurie Koranski, Jo Raven, Tony Hall, Tim Frazer, Jacob Heremaia, Scott Bannan, Scott Beattie, and Amanda Willcocks, have good leads with about 20 per cent counted in each division.

In division 12, Chris Moore leads Kate Hamon by the slenderest of margins.

Due to the low numbers counted caused by software issues, numbers could change markedly.

All Logan councillors were stood down a year ago while corruption and other charges were heard for some councillors.

None facing charges have stood for this election.