Forde contenders fight for seat as polls close

UPDATE 7.20AM SUNDAY: The AEC has the LNP on 76 seats, with the ALP trailing on 69. Bert van Manen has likely held Forde.


UPDATE 9pm: AEC has coalition with 60 seats and Labor 55.

UPDATE 7.25PM: The coalition has sprinted to an early lead, with the AEC calling the conservatives with a 1.45 per cent swing nationally.

THE two major party candidates for the ultra marginal seat of Forde have been fighting for every last vote as the polls close.

KEY SEAT: Labor candidate Des Hardman and LNP incumbent Bert van Manen are fighting to win the seat of Forde.

KEY SEAT: Labor candidate Des Hardman and LNP incumbent Bert van Manen are fighting to win the seat of Forde.

Labor's Des Hardman started the day at Shailer Park where he cast his ballot with his 18-year-old son Julian who voted for the first time.

CAMPAIGN: Labor candidate for Forde Des Hardman at Mount Warren Park State School. Photo: Jacob Wilson

CAMPAIGN: Labor candidate for Forde Des Hardman at Mount Warren Park State School. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Speaking at Mount Warren Park State School this afternoon, Mr Hardman said it was hard for him to judge the mood but he was feeling positive.

"When people ask me what I'll do for the local area and what is my vision, I let them know we want to see better health services for people in our community," he said.

"I let them know about our infrastructure commitments for the M1 and the $30 million Mount Lindesay Highway upgrades for the state government to bring forward.

"The reaction has been positive. People have mostly made up their minds before going through the door."

LAST MINUTE: Forde MP Bert van Manen with volunteers James Percival and Jacinta Bryne. Photo: Jacob Wilson

LAST MINUTE: Forde MP Bert van Manen with volunteers James Percival and Jacinta Bryne. Photo: Jacob Wilson

LNP incumbent for Forde Bert van Manen spent the final minutes before polls close campaigning in Park Ridge.

Mr van Manen said the feedback from booths across the electorate showed it would be a close result.

"Federal elections in Australia are very rarely won by big margins," he said.

"I think it is pretty even at the moment but I would like to think i finished marginally in front."

Mr van Manen holds Forde with a margin of 0.6 per cent.

Seat polling has the seat going down to the wire while bookmakers back Labor to win Forde.

Labor member for Rankin Jim Chalmers spoke to the Jimboomba Times while campaigning at Underwood Park.

ELECTION DAY: Labor member for Rankin Jim Chalmers with volunteers Michael B. Graves and Gareth Keating. Photo: Jacob Wilson

ELECTION DAY: Labor member for Rankin Jim Chalmers with volunteers Michael B. Graves and Gareth Keating. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Mr Chalmers said marginal seats like Forde would be crucial.

"We will need to win a seat like Forde if we are to get over the line," he said.

"I think the big three clusters of seats that will matter tonight are in Queensland, Victoria and West Australia.

"It may be a late night as we will be waiting for West Australia results."