Clive Palmer says the seesawing count in Fairfax shows Australia's voting system is a farce and candidates may have been wrongly catapulted into parliament.

The mining magnate says the up and down tally and the prolonged count in the Sunshine Coast electorate is proof of a deeply flawed system.

"It shows what is wrong with the system when the Australian Electoral Commission is so unsure about what is happening in Fairfax they have to send two senior apparatchiks from Canberra to oversee counting," Mr Palmer said in a statement.

"We continue to see different results from this unfair and outdated system, which makes a mockery of the democratic process.

"How many members of parliament are currently in Canberra who shouldn't be there? You simply wouldn't know with the system the way it is at the moment."

A recount is underway and as of 11.20am (AEST) on Tuesday, Mr Palmer was just seven votes ahead of his LNP rival Ted O'Brien.

Mr Palmer finished 36 votes ahead of Mr O'Brien when the AEC completed initial counting after the September 7 poll.

Since polling day, Mr Palmer has repeatedly called for a full review of Australia's voting system.

 

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