Victoria’s most marginal seat, Chisholm, is also the busiest in the country for candidates in next month’s election.

Twelve candidates were nominated for the seat, which the Australian Electoral Commission said was the largest field in Australia’s 151 electorates.

The ballot, finalized on Friday, saw Liberal MP Gladys Liu selected in the lucky first place while her Labor opponent Carina Garland is last.

“Being at the bottom of a list of 12 is tough,” said ABC election analyst Antony Green, who also noted that donkey voting – simply voting for candidates in order in which their names appear on the ballot – is usually estimated. be about 1 percent of the final tally.

Liu won the seat by just 0.57% over Labor after preferences in the 2019 election.

She later faced a Federal Court challenge to the result over her use of signs in all 29 of the headquarters’ voting booths, which used the same purple color scheme as the official AEC banners. The signs in Chinese informed those who read them that the “correct” way to vote was to put a “1” next to the Liberal box.

Signs outside a voting booth in Chisholm in 2019.Credit:Luc Hilakari

Labor has named Chisholm as a main target in Victoria in the May 21 election.


Along with Labour, Liberals and Greens, other parties fielding candidates in the crowded Chisholm Field are One Nation, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Animal Justice Party, United Australia Party and the former liberal party member Wayne Tseng, who is now an independent. .

Across Australia 1,200 candidates nominated for the lower house, an average of eight per seat.

The lowest number of registered candidates – five – is shared by eight NSW and Queensland constituencies (Barton, Blaxland, Cook, Kingsford Smith, Watson, Bonner, Griffith and Oxley).

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