AEC officially declares Susan Templeman Member for Macquarie

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has officially declared the 2019 poll result for the seat of Macquarie.

Nearly a month after the May 18 election, Labor's Susan Templeman and a group of supporters gathered at the AEC's Penrith offices on Tuesday, June 11 to hear divisional returning officer for Macquarie, Kathleen Fogarty, read out the final result and declare her duly elected to serve in the Australian House of Representatives.

Re-elected: Macquarie MP Susan Templeman with the AEC's Kathleen Fogarty at the official declaration of the Macquarie poll at the Penrith offices of the AEC. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Re-elected: Macquarie MP Susan Templeman with the AEC's Kathleen Fogarty at the official declaration of the Macquarie poll at the Penrith offices of the AEC. Picture: Geoff Jones.

The official result after the distribution of preferences was 50.19 per cent to Ms Templeman, and 49.81 per cent to Liberal candidate, Sarah Richards.

Ms Templeman delivered a short speech saying it was "a wonderful privilege to be re-elected".

She thanked Ms Fogarty and her team for their work during what was "an extraordinary count, probably not what you signed up for really", and acknowledged United Australia Party candidate Tony Pettitt, who was the only other candidate for the seat to attend the declaration.

"It was an interesting campaign that we had, there will be much debriefing of it," she said.

"It is just an enormous privilege to be able to represent Macquarie for another term and I look forward to it, and hopefully being back here in a few years time."