Counting begins in Australian federal election as polls close

Polls have closed in most states in Australia’s federal election and vote counting has begun. Polls opened at 8 am local time across the country and closed at 6 pm, except for Western Australia which is two hours behind the east. Voter turnout stood at around 95 percent with more than 10 million Australians casting ballots on Saturday. 4 million others had voted earlier. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull initiated in May a double dissolution which aimed to oust independents in the upper house senate who had blocked his agenda. All of the 150 House of Representatives seats and 76 Senate seats are expected to be re-elected through the poll.  

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