Federal Election 2016 Hung Parliament Possible

Federal Election 2016 Hung Parliament Possible

Polling Day Saturday 2 July 2016

Outcome Of Election In Doubt

Victor P Taffa

Based on figures released by the Australian Electoral Commission the outcome of the 2016 Federal Election is in doubt as either the Liberal/National Party Coalition or Labor Parties are yet able to claim victory in the necessary 76 seats of a 150 seat House of Representatives Chamber in order to form a Government.

Counting of votes for seats in the Senate Chamber has begun and will take some time before a final result is known.

 

Counting of Absentee, Declaration, Postal and Pre-Poll votes has begun. Contained in the legal writ that was issued by the Governors-General for the Federal Election the last day for receipt of Declaration votes by the Australian Electoral Commission is 6 pm Friday, 15 July 2016.

Given the closeness of the result of the election a final outcome as to who will govern Australia over the next 3 years will take some time.

Electronic Voting

There are some people who have been calling for the introduction of electronic voting for the last few years.

Electronic Voting does exist in the State of New South Wales to a small degree however this is not Universal Electronic Voting.

Universal Electronic Voting dispenses with the completion of Ballot Papers by Paper and Pencils or Pens.

Federal or any State or Local Government election should not introduce Universal Electronic Voting for many reasons.

Some reasons to resist Universal Electronic Voting include the situation in the Year 2000 U.S. Presidential Election that saw the famous case in the State of Florida have ‘Hanging Chads’ determine the outcome of the Presidential Election.

Considering that Internet Hacking is so widespread which also includes emails sent to people that contains links stealing peoples private information are good reasons to retain Papers and Pencils or Pens when people cast a vote at a Local, State or Federal Election.

People wanting Universal Electronic Voting run the same arguments in wanting Driverless Trains in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne.

Heavy Rail Trains in Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne provides the same certainty to commuters that manual voting gives to people.

The fact that an election outcome cannot be finalised in a close election contest reflects more on the lack of leadership of people than the method of voting used.