Clive Palmer still fighting for the seat of Fairfax. Photo: Michelle Smith
Clive Palmer has been called a lot of things over the years.
“Quietly confident” is probably not one of them.
But Alex Douglas, leader of the Queensland branch of Palmer United Party, said his federal leader was “quietly” maintaining the faith he will be declared the victor in the seat of Fairfax.
"Clive, like all candidates who's been involved in a close contest was I suppose, anxious about the result," Dr Douglas said.
"I mean he was looking forward to being able to claim victory maybe a little earlier. And I would hope today that he would be announcing that he will be the successful candidate.
"He's been quietly confident in fits and starts.”
Mr Palmer has not hesitated in vocalising his concerns with the voting process.
On Monday he argued on ABC's panel show Q&A that there was “no integrity” in the system.
Dr Douglas agreed with his party leader that there were issues which needed to be looked at.
"I have to say I thought the issues raised with regard to some very, very strong anomalies in the voting are very valid concerns and I think we need to take all of those on board,” he said.
Mr Palmer was ahead of Coalition candidate Ted O'Brien by 111 votes on Friday afternoon with just under 600 votes left to count.
But a result is unlikely to be announced on Friday, as the Electoral Commission will accept postal votes until close of business.