Elec­tion: Tight vote could end in hung parliament

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Aus­tralia will not know the re­sult of its fed­eral elec­tion for days as count­ing in tight seats con­tin­ues.

Twelve out of 150 lower house seats re­main in doubt, with count­ing of pre-poll, postal and ab­sen­tee votes to re­sume on Tues­day.

The of­fi­cial Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion tally has Labour on 71 seats and the rul­ing Lib­eral-Na­tional coali­tion on 67 seats.

In­de­pen­dents mi­nor par­ties gained and an un­prece­dented share vote.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said early on Sun­day morn­ing he ex­pected to get the 76 seats he needs to form a new ad­min­is­tra­tion. Postal votes are ex­pected to favour his candidates.

An­a­lysts are still pre­dict­ing that Mr Turn­bull’s coali­tion will come clos­est to form­ing a gov­ern­ment, though a hung parliament, where nei­ther party has an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity, is likely. of the

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