Surreal moment Channel 10’s political editor Peter van Onselen admits he ‘FORGOT to vote’ as he hosts the network’s live election night coverage

Peter van Onselen, the Political Editor of Network 10, left his colleagues shocked on election night by confessing he’d forgotten to vote.

The high-profile journalist and academic, 46, made the startling admission live on air on Saturday as the results of the federal election trickled in.

‘Sandra, I just realised I forgot to vote,’ he told his co-host Sandra Sully, as the entire panel gasped, ‘What!?’ 

You had one job, PvO! Peter van Onselen (right), the Political Editor of Network 10, left his colleagues shocked on election night by confessing he’d forgotten to vote. (Left: Sandra Sully)

Sully and her co-hosts Jan Fran and Hugh Riminton, the National Affairs Editor for Network 10, looked stunned by van Onselen’s admission.

Labor politician Ed Husic even shook his head in disapproval and rolled his eyes.

While van Onselen was likely too busy on election day to go to the polls, he could easily have voted early or via post like millions of Australians.

'Sandra, I realised I forgot to vote': Sully and her co-hosts Jan Fran (left) and Hugh Riminton (right), the National Affairs Editor for Network 10, looked stunned by van Onselen's admission

‘Sandra, I realised I forgot to vote’: Sully and her co-hosts Jan Fran (left) and Hugh Riminton (right), the National Affairs Editor for Network 10, looked stunned by van Onselen’s admission

The surreal moment went unnoticed by viewers on Saturday night – likely because Channel 10 had just 78,000 metro viewers for its election coverage.

But it reached a wider audience on Tuesday when it was played on 10’s comedy show The Cheap Seats, which compiles the biggest gaffes of the week.

Host Tim McDonald said van Onselen’s mistake was especially egregious given he isn’t just a political journalist.

Caught: The moment went unnoticed by viewers on Saturday - likely because Channel 10 had just 78,000 viewers for its election coverage. It reached a wider audience on Tuesday when it was played on The Cheap Seats, hosted by Melanie Bracewell (left) and Tim McDonald (right)

Caught: The moment went unnoticed by viewers on Saturday – likely because Channel 10 had just 78,000 viewers for its election coverage. It reached a wider audience on Tuesday when it was played on The Cheap Seats, hosted by Melanie Bracewell (left) and Tim McDonald (right)

Out: Scott Morrison (pictured with his daughters Lilly and Abbey) conceded defeat to Labor leader Anthony Albanese on Saturday after Australians voted for a change in government

Out: Scott Morrison (pictured with his daughters Lilly and Abbey) conceded defeat to Labor leader Anthony Albanese on Saturday after Australians voted for a change in government

PvO also happens to be a ‘professor of politics with a PhD in political science, as well as the author of several books about former Prime Ministers, including John Howard, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison.

Mr Morrison conceded defeat to Labor leader Anthony Albanese on Saturday after Australians voted in favour of a change in government.

Mr Albanese was sworn in as PM on Monday, and promptly flew Tokyo where he is taking part in high-level talks with the heads of the United States, Japan and India.

No days off: Mr Albanese was sworn in as PM on Monday, and promptly flew Tokyo where he is taking part in high-level talks with the heads of the United States, Japan and India

No days off: Mr Albanese was sworn in as PM on Monday, and promptly flew Tokyo where he is taking part in high-level talks with the heads of the United States, Japan and India

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Originally posted 2022-05-24 22:34:46.