10/09/2008 - 15:48

Crucial seats unclear till Sunday: WAEC

10/09/2008 - 15:48

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The final results of votes placed in crucial seats in the state election will not be known before Sunday as representatives from the major political parties met with the Western Australia Electoral Commission today.

The final results of votes placed in crucial seats in the state election will not be known before Sunday as representatives from the major political parties met with the Western Australia Electoral Commission today.

ABC radio reported that the WAEC invited the representatives to explain that final results in several key seats will not be known before the weekend.

The Liberal Party has announced that it is satisfied with the counting process, which some have criticised as too slow.

The WAEC has always maintained it puts accuracy ahead of quick results in the counting process.

Results for the four crucial seats of Albany, Forrestfield, Riverton and Wanneroo are still too close to call.

According to the WAEC website, as at 3pm, Labor remained ahead in Albany by 117 votes after a notional distribution of preferences as well as Forrestfield by 242 votes.

In the tight seat of Riverton, the Liberals remained steady, leading by 32 votes, and in Wanneroo by 108 votes.

According to the ABC election website, the ALP holds 25 seats while the Liberal Party has 22 seats. Thirty seats are needed to form government.

The National Party has previosuly said it will make a coalition decision after counting in some key seats are completed.

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