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FEDERAL ELECTION 2016: Still too close to call

UPDATE: THE result of the Federal Election remains too close call as Bill Shorten warns we may end up going back to the polls. 

There is also a divergence emerging between the predictions on the Australian Electoral Commission's website and the ABC.

The AEC presently reports that just less than 10 million votes have been counted with 50.2% of the primary vote going to the ALP and 49.8% to the Coalition. 

In terms of seat predictions the AEC states the Coalition has won 70 seats to the ALP's 71 with four seats going to independent candidates and one to the Greens. 

The AEC states four seats remain in doubt. 

A party needs 76 seats to form government.

Thus both parties are going to have a tough time winning enough seats or securing sufficient support from the minor parties or the independents. 

The ABC reports the count as 70 to the Coalition, 67 to Labor, one to the Greens and four to independents.

According to the national broadcaster's count there are eight seats still in doubt. 

EARLIER: AUSTRALIA may have a clearer view of what their next government will look like with vote counting resuming today.

The Australian Electoral Commission stopped counting on the weekend and spent Sunday and Monday packing, distributing, sorting and verifying postal votes. 

But ABC election analyst Antony Green has warned that the AEC's website did not provide accurate updates of which party is leading in the election.

Mr Green said the AEC website did not display totals of seats won, but rather showed seats where a party was leading.

"This is not an indication that a party has won these seats," he wrote on his blog.

"Beyond this issue of dealing with very close seats, there is a second problem. The AEC site is currently excluding six seats that have clearly been won by one of the major parties.

"These seats only have first preference tallies.

"Of these six seats, Labor has clearly won Grayndler, and the Coalition has clearly won Cowper, Higgins, Barker, Durack and O'Connor."
 

- ARM NEWSDESK

Topics:  aec editors picks federal election 2016 voting



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