Exit polls in Australia’s general election pointed on Saturday a victory by the opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP), AFP reported.

As the first polls closed, a Nine-Galaxy exit poll showed ALP led by Bill Shorten beating the governing Liberal coalition 52-48, which would signal a clear parliamentary majority for the opposition.

If accurate, it will mark the ALP won power after six years in opposition.

Voting on Australia’s eastern coast has ended, and counting has begun. The first results are expected in the coming hours.

Some 16.5 million Australians were enrolled to vote for the general election on Saturday. Over 7,000 polling stations in various venues have been operated by the country’s Electoral Commission.

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