THE FOUR Bendigo candidates with the most influence in the upcoming election have landed the top four places on the ballot.
A record 13 candidates will contest the seat of Bendigo after being confirmed by the Australian Electoral Commission in Hargreaves Street yesterday.
Nationals candidate Sarah Sheedy drew first place in the ballot draw, followed by Labor candidate Lisa Chesters.
Liberal candidate Greg Bickley will appear third on the ballot, with Lachlan Slade from the Greens in fourth.
Ms Sheedy, who celebrated when the placings were revealed, said it would give her an advantage at the polls.
“It puts me in a good position,” she said.
“Luck was on my side.
“I’m very happy.
“For those people out there who are not necessarily interested in voting or they don’t understand it and vote down the list, it will certainly increase my chances.”
Australian Christians candidate Ewan McDonald will appear last on the ballot following the “double randomisation” process.
In accordance with electoral laws, AEC staff member Shane O’Donoghue twice removed numbered balls from a machine while blindfolded.
The previous record for the number of candidates running in the Bendigo seat was 12 in 1998.
The candidates hope to take the seat away from the ALP for the first time in 15 years.
Labor’s Steve Gibbons held the seat since 1998 having won the last five elections.
He increased his margin with a swing of 3.4 per cent at the 2010 election.
AEC divisional returning officer Terry Holmes said ballot papers would be printed over the weekend to allow for pre-poll voting.
Voters will go to the polls on September 7.