GLOUCESTER residents will go to the polls to elect a new federal MP for the seat of Lyne on Saturday.
After a month of hot campaigning by candidates, September 7 is D-Day, with Lyne voters to decide who they want to represent them in Canberra for the next three years.
Nine candidates have put up their hand for the job, with the poll perhaps more noteworthy for who is not running following Rob Oakeshott’s decision to not recontest the seat.
Of the candidates, The Nationals David Gillespie and Labor’s Peter Alley will represent the two major political entities.
Greens candidate Ian Oxenford could be influential in the distribution of preferences.
The other candidates are independent Steve Attkins, Palmer United’s Troy Wilkie, One Nation’s Craig Huth, Katter Australia’s Brian Buckley-Clare, John Klose from the Christian Democrats and Michael Gough from the Citizens Electoral Council.
Pre-poll voting is not available in Gloucester, but residents wanting to vote in person early can do so in either Port Macquarie or Taree up until 6pm on Friday.
Postal voting opened some weeks ago and applications will be received up until 6pm tomorrow night by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
Polling booths will open at 8am on Saturday and close at 6pm.
Booths will be located at Barrington Public School, St John’s Anglican hall at Dyers Crossing, Gloucester High School, Gloucester Senior Citizens Centre, Krambach Public School and Stratford Public School.