WITH the polls now closed, counting is under way for the local government election.
Early results are being uploaded to the NSW Electoral Commission website progressively throughout the night, with counting to cease at 10.30pm.
Follow along below to see how the voting is coming along for Bathurst.
As of 8am, Sunday...
Additional results were uploaded to the NSW Electoral Commission website late Saturday night.
Now, more than 14,700 votes have been counted, with 12,981 of those determined to be formal votes.
Although the percentages have changed, Ben Fry's team is still leading.
They now hold 18.18 per cent of the votes.
The teams of Robert 'Stumpy' Taylor and Ian North continue to follow with the second and third highest vote totals.
Counting will resume on Monday morning.
The full results so far are displayed in the table below.
As of 10.30pm...
Counting has come to an end for the night.
There has been no change to the results since the last update at 9.30pm, which means that Ben Fry's team is still leading with 21.49 per cent of the overall votes.
Election staff will resume the count on Monday morning, at which point the NSW Electoral Commission website will be updated.
Bathurst returning officer Stuart Evennett said it will take a few more weeks to get the final results.
"Postal votes will be received up to Friday, December 17 and then early the following week we will find out who are the nine elected councillors for the next three years for Bathurst Regional," he said.
As of 9.30pm...
Almost 10,000 votes have been been counted, with 7985 determined to be formal votes.
The top three remain unchanged. Ben Fry's group is still leading, followed by Robert 'Stumpy' Taylor and incumbent Ian North.
Alex Christian continues to perform the best out of the solo candidates, and has a higher percentage of the votes than two of the groups on the ballot paper.
As of 9pm...
More than 5700 votes have been counted, 4,879 deemed to be formal votes.
There's been another lead change, with Ben Fry's team (Group A) now holding 20.60 per cent of the votes.
Robert 'Stumpy' Taylor's team has dropped back to second and received 17.36 per cent of the formal votes.
Ian North's team has the third-highest number of votes, with 9.72 per cent of the total.
Alex Christian has surged ahead of the other solo candidates., holding 2.77 per cent of the total votes.
As of 8.30pm...
Just over 1000 votes have been counted, with 922 deemed to be formal votes.
Robert 'Stumpy' Taylor's group is now in the lead, with 17.03 per cent of the vote.
Ian North's team has now moved down to second, with 16.05 per cent of the votes, and Group A, being led by Ben Fry, has now jumped up to third with 13.77 per cent.
Stuart Driver is now firmly leading the individual candidates, but only has 3.25 per cent of the overall vote.
As of 8pm...
More than 400 votes have been counted.
Incumbent Ian North's team, Group C, is leading the count with 17.66 per cent of the formal votes.
Marg Hogan's Group E has the second-highest number of votes, with 14.81 per cent of the formal votes, while Robert 'Stumpy' Taylor's ticket, Group I, is third with 11.97 per cent.
Incumbent Bobby Bourke and Stuart Driver have the highest vote totals of the solo candidates.
As of 7.30pm...
With less than 150 votes officially counted, Group F, being led by incumbent Graeme Hanger, was leading the count.
Robert 'Stumpy' Taylor's ticket, Group I, had the second-highest number of votes, and incumbent Ian North (Group C) was third.
Incumbents Bobby Bourke and Alex Christian were leading the stand-alone candidates with an equal number of votes, followed closely by Stuart Driver and Jeff Muir.
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