360° Coverage : Australians begin voting for parliamentary elections

Australians begin voting for parliamentary elections

Canberra, Sep 7 (IANS) Voting booths opened Saturday morning in the eastern states of Australia for voters to decide which party will lead the country in the next three years, Xinhua reported.

Sep 6 2013, 9:30pm CDT | by IANS

Australians begin voting for parliamentary elections
Photo Credit: SAEED KHAN, Getty Images

Canberra, Sep 7 — Voting booths opened Saturday morning in the eastern states of Australia for voters to decide which party will lead the country in the next three years, Xinhua reported.

Figures from the Australian Election Commission (AEC) showed that some 14.7 million Australian voters will go to nearly 8,000 polling stations across the country to cast their ballots.

In fact, there have already been about three million votes coming from all over the world as early voting has been made available since Aug 20 for people who are not able to vote on ballot day for a range of reasons, including work, illness, travel and religious belief.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has vowed to campaign till the last minute, saying Friday that it's not over until the booths close at 6 p.m.

According to media reports, voters were queuing outside polling booths across the eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the capital territory before the voting stations opened.

Commentators said the long queues demonstrate that a lot of voters have already made up their minds.

The ruling Labor Party, under the leadership of Rudd, is lagging behind the opposition Liberal-National Coalition in various opinion polls. The final Fairfax/Nielsen poll, released Friday night, put the Coalition on track to win 54 percent of the vote to Labor's 46 percent.

Rudd will cast his own vote in his hometown Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, where his seat of Griffith is at risk.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott, who is still playing down the coalition's chances despite good polls, will vote in Sydney.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
 
 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

School headmaster shot dead in Pakistan
Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Thursday killed the headmaster of a private school in Pakistan's Balochistan province.
 
 
Four more bodies recovered from sunken South Korean ship
Seoul, Dec 4 (IANS) Four more bodies were recovered Thursday from a sunken South Korean fishing ship in the Bering Sea, the foreign ministry here said.
 
 
Lesbian couple asked to desist in London restaurant
London, Dec 4 (IANS) A lesbian couple in a London restaurant was asked to desist by a staff member, who asked them to "stop what you are doing".
 
 
Oxford Dictionaries to add 1,000 new words
London, Dec 4 (IANS) 'Mamil' (middle-aged man in Lycra), 'silvertail' (a person who is socially prominent or who displays social aspirations) and 'crony capitalism' are among the 1,000 new words to be added to OxfordDictionaries.com, the free online dictionary, in its largest quarterly update so far.