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The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has today officially declared Darren Chester the elected Federal Government representative for the seat of Gippsland.

The announcement was made this morning by the AEC divisional manager for Gippsland David Wakely in Sale.

Mr Chester, who was yesterday sworn in as the Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, said it was an honour and privilege to represent Gippsland for a fifth term.

“I am proud to have been chosen by Gippslanders to be their voice in Canberra and I am extremely grateful to again have this opportunity to keep putting locals first,” Mr Chester said.

“I am humbled by the support that I and my team received during the campaign and work has already begun to make sure we deliver everything we promised.

“We have a big job to keep making Gippsland an even better place to live, work and raise a family.

“I will remain focussed on supporting jobs in our traditional industries and creating new employment and education opportunities, particularly for young people.”

Of the 110,500 Gippslanders on the electoral roll, nearly 47,000 cast their ballot ahead of election day on May 18.

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