Scott Morrison says 'it's not for him' to speculate on Donald Trump's claims of electoral fraud

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to be drawn on commenting on Donald Trump's claims of electoral fraud in the US election contest.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media. Source: AAP

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for patience as the US election unfolds, saying he has faith the United States can resolve the deadlocked contest. 

He has refused to be drawn on commenting on President Donald Trump's premature claims of victory and his baseless assertions of electoral fraud taking place. 

Mr Morrison told reporters it's not for him to speculate on the outcome of the election contest. 

“I’m not a participant in the US political process. It’s not for me to run commentary on those things and I won’t," he said. 

“In terms of the political events in the United States, it’s the appropriate response to be patient and respectful and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We respect the decisions that the American people make in their democracy."

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has also weighed into the US election taking a similar diplomatic line saying he is confident the United States will resolve the undecided contest.

But he said Australians would be concerned by scenes like people outside polling stations chanting for votes to stop being counted.

"It is absolutely critical that the counts are allowed to continue," he said. 

"People shouting in a chant stop the count - that's really shouting stop democracy. Democracy is too important for it be undermined by any individual. America will come through this."

Democrat candidate Joe Biden says he believes he is "on track" to win the presidential race - helped by leads in crucial swing states such as Arizona and Michigan. 

Mr Trump on Wednesday night claimed victory in the contest and accused his opponents of trying to "steal"  the election by counting votes after the close of polling. 

Mr Morrison said he had not contacted either Mr Trump or Mr Biden - saying it was not "appropriate at this time". 

"Having a great election with the greatest turnout it's ever seen in its history is actually a demonstration of democracy working," he said. 

The Trump campaign has said they will contest the result in Wisconsin and also launch legal bids to halt counting in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The campaign argues its election monitors have not been given meaningful access to the tallying process.   

There is no proof of any voter fraud to this point.

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Published 5 November 2020 at 10:59am
By Tom Stayner