Australian Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is expected to win re-election for the seat he was earlier forced to vacate and return to his position in Parliament Today.

Joyce faces a record 16 rivals for the seat of New England, in Rural New South Wales, and should he win, it will give the conservative coalition government some much-needed relief in restoring its slim majority.

Joyce was one of a Group of Lawmakers known as the Citizenship seven whose eligibility to sit in Parliament was thrown into doubt when it was found they were dual citizens, a status that is barred for Politicians under Australia’s constitution to prevent split allegiances.