PREFERENTIAL voting will decide who is Singleton's next mayor.
While Kylie Stibbard (2,992 votes) and John Martin (2,658) have obtained 25.27 per cent and 22.45 per cent of first preference voting, both are well short of the required more than 50 per cent figure.
This means that Sue Moore with 16.24 per cent or 1,923 votes, Tony McNamara with 14.05 per cent or 1,664 votes and in a long shot Fred Harvison with 1,421 votes or 12 per cent could realistically be in the running depending on the preferential vote count.
Both Terrence O'Brien and Lee Gallagher will not gain the mayoral seat having secured just 5.61 per cent (664 votes) and 4.38 per cent (519 votes) respectively.
Returning officer David Workman told The Singleton Argus today a result on the mayoral count was unlikely before late Tuesday.
Either two or three candidates will be unsuccessful in the councillor vote, depending on who wins the mayoral seat.
Given Kylie Stibbard and Fred Harvison nominated for mayor only, should they win the seat three councillors from the 12 nominated candidates will miss being elected.
Should any of the other contenders win the seat of mayor, being Martin, Moore or McNamara, two councillors from the 12 nominated candidates will miss being elected.
In the councillor vote John Martin is ahead with 16.07 per cent of the vote ahead of Sue Moore with 13.48 per cent and Val Scott on 14.40 per cent. Given their quota/ratio odds are these three can consider themselves elected as can Tony McNamara with 12.2 per cent.
Other results are: Godfrey Adamthwaite on 8.68 per cent, Gary Lowe on 8.21 per cent, Bob Keown on 7.86 per cent, Ruth Rogers on 6.03 per cent, Hollee Jenkins on 4.41 per cent, Lee Gallagher on 4.04 per cent, Tessa Capsanis on 3.35 per cent and Christina Metlikovec on 2.27 per cent.
The councillor result is not expected to be known until Friday. The figures on the virtual tally room of the NSW Electoral Commission won't change today.
See Tuesday's Argus for a full rundown on the election, including individual figures on each of the voting venues.