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SA Liberals kick off 2018 pre-selections

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016

The South Australian Liberal Party has opened nominations for pre-selection in 34 of the state's 47 electorates ahead of the 2018 election.

The party says nominations have opened for all 21 current Liberal-held seats, 11 current Labor-held seats and two held by independents.

Advertisements inviting candidates will be run later this week and pre-selection for the remaining 13 seats will open at a later date.

Opposition Leader Steven Marshall says the party is appealing for passionate and hard-working candidates to help build on its strong parliamentary team.

He says the election, which will come after 16 years of Labor government, will be an opportunity for a fresh approach and new direction for the state.

"The state Liberals' vision for South Australia will ensure hard work is rewarded and promote opportunities that have been missing under successive Labor administrations," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

"A Liberal government will provide responsible leadership and deliver a clear pathway to recovery and success."

The Liberals' chances of winning in 2018 were significantly boosted by a recent redraw of electoral boundaries which shifted almost 400,000 voters into different seats.

The changes were an effort to ensure the party that wins the popular vote also wins enough seats to form government.

At the 2014 state election, the Liberals won 53 per cent of the statewide vote but failed to win in key marginal electorates.

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