Clover Moore on track to secure fifth term in office as Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has secured a fifth term in office, promising a “strong, independent, progressive leadership” for the city in a victory speech on Saturday night.

Clover Moore has secured a fifth term in office, extending her 17-year reign as Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney.

The independent MP, who has been Lord Mayor since 2004, addressed supporters in Darlinghurst just after 9pm to claim victory.

“We’re going to continue to provide a strong, independent, progressive leadership of the city,” she said on Saturday night.

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“We’re going to continue our action on climate change, we are going to continue to support our vulnerable communities and we’re going to continue supporting people in social housing. Have a great night and we’ll have another great three years.”

It comes after early counting suggested Cr Moore had lost voters to Yvonne Weldon – the first aboriginal candidate for Lord Mayor, and Labor’s candidate Linda Scott.

But at around 9:30pm, Cr Moore had gained 42.9 per cent of voters so far compared to both candidates, who were both at around 16 per cent.

“Thank you Sydney,” the Lord Mayor tweeted.

Labor’s candidate, Linda Scott also congratulated her on her victory.

“Tony (and) I have called Clover Moore to congratulate her on her re-election at City of Sydney Lord Mayor,” she tweeted on Saturday night.

The NSW Electoral Commission apologised after its online voting system iVote crashed earlier on Saturday morning, confirming voters will not be fined if they were unable to access the system.

“Any eligible elector who applied to use iVote today but missed out on voting will be excused from paying any penalty,” a statement read.

“We apologise to any voters unable to gain access to the system due to these issues.”

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