A recount for the state seat of Braddon is set to take place early next month, following the resignation of embattled Liberal MP Adam Brooks.
Governor Kate Warner has advised Tasmanian Electoral Commissioner Andrew Hawkey that Mr Brooks has resigned and now a recount will be conducted to fill his vacancy. It's expected another Liberal candidate will take his place.
Mr Brooks spoke to Premier Peter Gutwein last Thursday, the day before the declaration of the polls, to inform him that he would not be taking his seat in the parliament and was currently in Queensland seeking treatment for mental ill-health. He also informed Mr Gutwein that he had been charged with firearms offences in Queensland, as well as possession of explosives and dealing with identity documents. Mr Brooks will defend the charges.
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It comes after he was embroiled in controversy during the state election campaign when he was accused of using a fraudulent driver's licence to trick women he met on dating apps.
Mr Brooks has strongly denied any wrongdoing and has signalled his intention to take legal action against "organisations and certain individuals".
In the wake of Mr Brooks' departure, a public notice will appear in The Advocate on Wednesday, the TEC said, calling all Braddon candidates who were unsuccessful at the 2021 state election to put their hand up to contest the recount.
Mr Hawkey will also write to the candidates inviting them to nominate.
The TEC said nominations closed at 12pm on Wednesday, June 2, with the recount to begin "shortly after this time".
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