Tight vote in Australian election could end in a hung parliament

  • The Australian Lower House, the House of Representatives with 150 seats, and the upper house, the Senate with 76 seats, went on poll simultaneously. It is a historical election in decades and is called the double dissolution election. Out of 150 seats of the lower house, currently 12 are in doubt until the counting resumes on Tuesday. Labor party has bagged 71 seats and ruling Liberal- National Coalition has won 67 seats. Independents and minor parties have also gained an unprecedented share of the polled votes. As per the election analyst, there are possibilities that neither of the party will get absolute majority and a hung parliament is likely. Result of the Senate election is expected to take several weeks since the counting has not yet begun.