Australia faces the prospect of a hung parliament, the second in six years, after neither of the nation‘s main parties gained sufficient seats to form a government in Saturday’s general election.
With seventy seven % of the votes counted on Sunday morning, the ruling Conservative coalition led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was neck-and-neck with the centre-left Labor Party, led by opposition chief Bill Shorten.
Each was projected to had secured about sixty seven seats, 9 short of the majority wanted within the one hundred fifty-seat lower house.
Eleven seats have been nonetheless too close to call. The Greens had received one, whereas 4 seats have been taken by impartial candidates.
A closing consequence shouldn’t be anticipated for days, as tens of millions of postal and absentee votes haven’t yet been processed, with consultants saying that these historically favour the incumbent.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas, reporting from Sydney, mentioned that given how shut the election had been, it is perhaps some time earlier than a transparent winner was declared.
“It is going to take a while as a result of postal votes should be physically gathered in a single place, in every voters,” he mentioned.
“The electorate commission says it is not going to do any of the relying on Sunday, nor on Monday – solely on Tuesday they are going to begin the entire course of, and if a few of these seats are very shut, disputed, then it might take days earlier than these seats are resolved.”