UPDATE (10.45AM SUNDAY): GEORGE Seymour looks set to become the Fraser Coast's next mayor, holding more than 18,000 votes in the by-election count.

But the mayoral candidate hasn't announced his victory yet, saying he would not declare victory until more votes are counted.

"I enjoyed the campaign, it was a great opportunity to talk to Fraser Coast residents about how we can all work together in a positive manner," he said.

"We need to look to what unites us rather than what divides us."

Cr Seymour will spend the afternoon in the southern region of the Fraser Coast with the Glenwood Progress Association.

With 31 of 36 booths returned, Cr Seymour leads on 18,286 votes, followed by Darren Everard (8,095), Tony Pantlin (6,314), David Dalgleish (5,942), Jannean Dean (4,418), Greg Schmidt (2,073) and Paul Forst (603).

EARLIER (11.20PM): GEORGE Seymour now holds more than 39 per cent of the Fraser Coast's total votes as the by-election count concludes for tonight.

Out of 49,284 counted votes, Cr Seymour now holds 18,286 votes - about 39.44 per cent of the total count so far.

He is followed by Darren Everard (8,095), Tony Pantlin (6,314) David Dalgleish (5,942), Jannean Dean (4418), Greg Schmidt (2,703) and Paul Forst (603).

About 65.68 per cent of the total electoral roll has been counted as of 10.27pm.

31 of 36 booths have been returned.

EARLIER (9.30PM): EVEN with six booths left to count, Tony Pantlin says he isn't out of the race yet.

The Fraser Coast mayoral candidate, who holds 3,757 votes as of 8.53pm, said he won't be conceding until the final outcome is decided.

George Seymour holds a commanding lead of 10,339 votes - about 37.70 per cent of the total votes - while Darren Everard is second on 4,454 votes.

Mr Pantlin said while it is the result he expected, he is waiting until the ECQ formally call the by-election.

Enjoying a well-earned break with his family, he said he was "very happy" with the results.

"I think I've been very successful, especially for a barrier trial," Mr Pantlin said.

"It's a great investment in terms of mind and life wealth."

On the other hand, Greg Schmidt, a familiar face in the election, has conceded he's not going to get over the line.

Mr Schmidt said he wasn't disappointed in the results, currently holding about 2,133 votes.

"I'm just really happy to know that people have exercised their democratic right to vote," he said.

EARLIER (8.35PM): ONLY seven booths remain in the by-election count.

George Seymour still holds a commanding lead with 10,318 votes, followed by Darren Everard on 4,446 and Tony Pantlin on 3,712.

About 39.07 per cent of the roll has been counted and 29 of 36 booths returned.

EARLIER (8:05PM): WITH only eight booths to go, George Seymour still holds a commanding lead over other candidates by more than 6000 votes.

About 38.04 per cent of the roll has been counted as of 8.03pm.

Cr Seymour leads six other candidates on about 10,069 votes.

He is followed by Darren Everard (4,191), Tony Pantlin (3,643), David Dalgleish (3,569), Jannean Dean (2,540), Greg Schmidt (2,098) and Paul Forst (467).

EARLIER: (7.45PM): GEORGE Seymour is close to holding 40 per cent of total votes on the Fraser Coast as the by-election count continues.

With 25 booths counted, Cr Seymour now leads by 9,139 votes.

He is followed by Darren Everard (2,926), Tony Pantlin (3,382), David Dalgleish (3,265), Jannean Dean (2,295), Greg Schmidt (1,869) and Paul Forst (428).

About 11 booths are yet to be counted.

EARLIER (7.20PM): MORE than half the booths have been returned and George Seymour still holds a commanding lead over the other candidates.

Cr Seymour now leads on 6,776 votes, followed by Darren Everard on 2,772 and Tony Pantlin on 2,576..

About 20 of 36 booths have been returned and 26.35 per cent of the roll counted.

George Seymour leads as more than half the booths in the Fraser Coast mayoral by-election are returned on May 5.
George Seymour leads as more than half the booths in the Fraser Coast mayoral by-election are returned on May 5. Blake Antrobus

EARLIER (7.05PM): GEORGE Seymour has extended his lead in the mayoral by-election, now leading by about 3,098 votes.

About 11.99 per cent of the electoral roll has been counted, with eleven booths returned.

Tony Pantlin follows on 1,285 votes, followed by Darren Everard, who has received about 1,223 votes.

David Dalgleish follows on 1,091, then Jannean Dean on 777, Greg Schmidt on 762 and Paul Forst on 117.

EARLIER: POLLS have closed and the first results in the Fraser Coast's mayoral by-election are trickling in.

As of 6.50pm, 3,024 votes have been counted.

George Seymour is leading on 928 votes, followed by Tony Pantlin on 518 and David Dalgleish on 428.

Darren Everard is fourth on 381 votes, Jannean Dean is fifth on 283 and Greg Schmidt is sixth on 233.

Paul Forst is seventh on 36 votes.

More to come.

Darren Everard's final words as polls close: Mayoral candidate Darren Everard spoke to the Chronicle as polling booths across the Fraser Coast closed.