DEFEATED independent candidate Katrina Rainsford fired parting shots at the democratic process at the official declaration of Emma Kealy's election to State Parliament.
Dr Rainsford refused to applaud Ms Kealy as she was declared the next Member for Lowan on Friday.
"Democracy is all about having separation of powers between the government, the state and the military, having freedom of the press and having an informed and educated public," she said.
"We have a victory here but I don't think it's the celebration it needs to be and should be."
She said she would work to improve the integrity of government and what she described as the pillars of democracy.
"To the 5207 people who thought I had what it takes to bring integrity, ability and lift the standard and capacity of the State Government, I thank all those people," she said.
Dr Rainsford referenced post-election reviews and investigations.
"There's some work that needs to continue," she said.
"I did my job as a candidate; now it's time for other people with responsibility in this process to do their job."
Dr Rainsford, who received 14.32 per cent of the primary vote, said she would continue to represent the electorate from other perspectives.
"We have a victory here but I don't think it's the celebration it needs to be and should be."Katrina Rainsford
Labor candidate Bob Scates congratulated Australian Country Alliance candidate Steve Price, Greens candidate Nkandu Beltz and Dr Rainsford.
"They all put in their own personal resources, their own time and their own energy - that's what makes democracy in Lowan something special," he said.
He then congratulated Ms Kealy.
"You're an absolute acquisition and a credit to your community, your family and to your party," Mr Scates said.
"I'm getting a little bit of feedback from the newer members of parliament on our side that they're looking forward to meeting you and seeing you.
"I think you'll be a great acquisition to the parliament of Victoria as well."
Ms Kealy congratulated the other candidates.
"Well done on putting your passion for the region first, for always wanting to make a difference - putting yourself out there is a huge step forward," she said.
"It's a brave person who puts themselves on public show. We do get additional scrutiny, which means we get thanks and praise but we also have some criticism as well."
Ms Kealy, who picked up 54.69 per cent of first preference ballots, thanked the voters.
"It's quite humbling the level of support that's come through the polls and at no time did I take this seat for granted and the Nationals have never taken this seat for granted," she said.
Mr Price and Ms Beltz were unable to attend due to other commitments.