BOTH local major party candidates say their party will form government.
Bendigo Labor candidate Lisa Chesters said the ALP would be returned to power despite polls and political commentators suggesting otherwise.
But Liberal candidate Greg Bickley said voters sought change.
The Coalition has been tipped to win the election by a large number of political experts, and sportsbet.com.au lists the opposition at odds of $1.02 to form government.
La Trobe expert Ian Tulloch said he believed Labor would win the seat of Bendigo but lose government.
Ms Chesters said that although she thought Mr Tullock’s comments were “a very measured opinion”, she didn’t believe the Coalition would win. “The only poll that counts is the poll on election day,” she said.
“I’ve been talking to lots of people ... and people are supporting Labor ... because we’ve got the vision for the future.”
But Mr Bickley said his party had momentum. “I think people are looking for a change,” he said.
“What has become very clear to me is that people see this election as a clear choice between a truly united Coalition with a real plan for the future and another three years of more Labor chaos, division and dysfunction.”