Laying on hands: Geraldton candidates were allowed to rub the box for luck, but were prohibited from drawing the spheres that would determine their position on the ballot paper.
Laying on hands: Geraldton candidates were allowed to rub the box for luck, but were prohibited from drawing the spheres that would determine their position on the ballot paper.

Nationals WA candidate Shane Van Styn has secured first place on the Geraldton ballot paper for the upcoming WA State election.

The ballot order was drawn on Friday and marks the end of candidate nominations.

The five running candidates had their names written onto pieces of paper, which were put into identical locking spheres, shuffled in a box and randomly drawn.

Nationals WA candidate Shane Van Styn’s lucky number was in when his ball was first selected, netting him first place on the ballot paper.

“I sure hope my position on the ballot paper is replicated at the poll,” Mr Van Styn said.

Full story in today's print edition.

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