Liberals increase lead marginally after fifth day of counting

With 87.5 per cent of the vote now counted, Liberal candidate Sarah Richards has marginally increased her lead over incumbent Susan Templeman to nearly 200 votes.

The end of the fifth day of counting in the 2019 federal election yesterday (Wednesday) saw Ms Richards poll 45,500 two party preferred votes versus Labor's Ms Templeman on 45,304, according to the latest figures from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

The figures represent Ms Richards so far capturing 50.11 per cent of the vote and Ms Templeman 49.86 per cent.

Ms Richards had started the day with a 151-vote lead as the AEC re-started counting thousands of absentee votes.

Counting will resume today (Thursday).