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Counting of votes in the count afresh for the Listowel Municipal District has been suspended for the night.
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The count afresh was ordered by the Supreme Court following a legal challenge by Independent candidate Dan Kiely who narrowly missed out on the final seat on Kerry County Council in the local elections of 2014.
For over five hours candidates or their agents deliberated over around 300 doubtful votes.
Following this pain staking process 32 votes could not be agreed upon by those gathered.
Those ballot papers will be transported tomorrow morning to Limerick Circuit Court where the Judge supervising the count afresh Tom O’Donnell is sitting.
Candidates or the representatives will be given an opportunity to present their arguments to the judge.
Following this Judge O’Donnell will decide which of the papers can be included in the count and those which are invalid.
Candidates, their agents and legal teams are due before the judge at 9am. Prior to the hearing they will be given a copy of the disputed papers and will also be able to inspect the originals.
The first count of votes has been suspended pending the outcome of that hearing which may take a number of hours.
Regardless of the outcome of the disputed doubtful votes word on the floor of the count centre is that the outcome of the count afresh and the make up of the seven seats in the Listowel Municipal District is too close to call.