Australian election 2022: general voting in progress, ballot counting starts at 6 pm

Canberra, May 21st: Voting began on Saturday morning with the Australian general election.

Polling stations across the country will be open to millions of Australians at 8 am on Saturday and will remain open until 6 pm when ballot counting begins, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

To form a majority government, either the coalition or the Labor Party must win at least 76 of the 151 seats in the House of Representatives.

The Labor Party is leading a coalition 53-47 on a two-party preference basis, according to the Australian poll Newspoll released Friday evening. Australian Election 2022: Voting stage set, likely conflict between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese were tied together in a personal battle, with 42% of respondents choosing each as their preferred prime minister.

Polls show that 36% of voters will vote for Labor as the first priority and 35% will vote for the coalition.

If neither Labor nor the coalition gets enough seats to form a clear majority, the election result is declared a “hung parliament.”

In that case, both Morrison and Albanese will enter into negotiations with minority parties and independent MPs, as the Labor Party did in 2010, and seek help in forming a minority government.

All Australians over the age of 18 are required to vote in the election. According to the Australian Election Commission, more than 17 million people have registered for voting this year.

(The above story was first published on May 21, 2022 at 8:40 am IST. Log on to our website for news and updates on politics, the world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle. please.

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