Australia Qld election result inches closer

01:23  07 december  2017
01:23  07 december  2017 Source:   msn.com

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A result in the Queensland election is inching closer , but with the numbers tight both sides appear to be waiting for the final determination before declaring outright victory. Labor has now declared victory in 47 seats which would give it a slim majority in the new 93-seat parliament.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland is established under the Electoral Act 1992 as an independent, statutory authority, responsible for the impartial conduct of Queensland elections .

Queensland Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls speaks at the LNP Election night function.© AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy Queensland Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls speaks at the LNP Election night function. A result in the Queensland election is inching closer, but with the numbers tight both sides appear to be waiting for the final determination before declaring outright victory.

Labor has now declared victory in 47 seats which would give it a slim majority in the new 93-seat parliament.

Most recently it declared victory in Gaven, with Meaghan Scanlon appearing to have the numbers over sitting Liberal National Party member Sid Cramp.

The electoral commission is yet to formally declare Gaven or Macalister but it has declared 34 seats - 18 for Labor, 15 for the LNP and one for Katter's Australia Party.

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The Electoral Commission of Queensland is established under the Electoral Act 1992 as an independent, statutory authority, responsible for the impartial conduct of Queensland elections .

ELECTION analyst Antony Green says the Coalition will be able to form government, saying he could “pretty accurately predict” result . In another promising sign, the Australian Electoral Commission removed Forde from its list of close seats on Friday night.

The one KAP seat is leader Rob Katter's north Queensland seat of Traeger.

However, the party is confident of picking up Shane Knuth's new seat of Hill, and on Wednesday declared victory in Hinchinbrook, where candidate Nick Dametto was in second place and looked to pass LNP incumbent Andrew Cripps on preferences.

Labor has yet to claim victory overall and LNP leader Tim Nicholls has not conceded defeat, meaning both sides might wait until the Electoral Commission of Queensland formally declares a result.

Nearly 90 per cent of the statewide first-preference vote has been counted and the ECQ hopes to have a final result by the end of the week.

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