NEW Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce will be officially declared the new member for New England this morning.
The poll for the electorate of New England in the recent federal election has been officially finalised.
The declaration of the poll in Armidale will officially confirm Mr Joyce, made the Minister for Agriculture in Tony Abbott’s new government last week, is the new Nationals member for New England.
Mr Joyce has been declared the winner by a margin of nearly 38,000 votes on a two-party preferred count.
The Nationals MP polled 49,495 first preference votes against independent Rob Taber who took 12,573 votes and Country Labor candidate Stephen Hewitt who polled 10,825 first preference votes.
Mr Joyce will travel from Canberra, where he’s been involved in departmental and government briefings this week, to take part in the ceremonial event.
He is then expected to drive back to Tamworth and officially take over his new electorate office in Peel St.
Mr Joyce will occupy the office of former New England MP, the independent Tony Windsor who had held the seat for nearly
12 years but retired before the election.
New England is about one-quarter the geographic size of the neighbouring Parkes electorate, where the poll has also been declared.
New England results
First preference votes
Phillip Girle, Palmer United Party - 4751
Brian Dettmann, One Nation - 1569
Pat Schultz, The Greens - 4190
Rob Taber, Independent - 12,573
Jamie McIntyre, Independent - 6066
Barnaby Joyce, The Nationals - 49,495
Richard Witten, Citizens Electoral Council - 354
Stephen Hewitt, Country Labor - 10,825
Aaron Evans, Christian Democratic Party - 1497
Formal - 91,320
Informal - 5872
Total - 97,192