• The ABC says the final four seats in the NT election have been decided by postal votes. (AAP)Source: AAP
The ABC's chief elections analyst, Antony Green, has calls the final four seats of the NT election after the outcome came down to the wire through deciding postal votes.
Shahni Wellington

4 Sep 2020 - 3:59 PM  UPDATED 7 Sep 2020 - 10:11 AM

According to the ABC, the Northern Territory election is now completed with the Country Liberal Party winning two more seats and one each for the reigning Labor government and an Independent.  

The outcome for the four electorates of Araluen, Barkly, Blain and Namatjira were all undecided within 20 votes on final count day.

On Friday, ABC chief elections analyst, Antony Green, declared Territory Alliance candidate Robyn Langley, would retain her seat of Araluen. The key seat of Barkly was won by CLP candidate and mayor, Steve Edgington. Mark Turner gains the Palmerston seat for Labor and the CLP also adds the redistributed Alice Springs seat of Namatjira to its gains. 

The results would mark the end of a two week battle since the election kicked off, with the Labor party forming a majority government on August 24.

Northern Territory Electoral Commissioner, Iain Loganathan, said the prolonged results were due to the amount of knife-edge seats. 

"So usually the number of outstanding postal votes can't impact the results, so we know who's going to win, but we have such close margins in a number of seats," he told NITV News on Friday.

"We don't know so we just have to wait, it's just very close," Mr Loganathan said.

Switch up in seats

While the Gunner Labor government have held onto a majority parliament and another four-year term, the Opposition would be pleased with their performance.

Securing both Namatjira and the Barkly in the last-minute count marks the CLP's eighth seat in NT parliament, a six-seat increase on their performance in the 2016 election.

Based on the ABC analysis, local Arrernte woman and Labor candidate Sheralee Taylor was beaten by Bill Yan, manager of Alice Spring prison, by 22 votes.

The largest margin in the final count was Araluen by 42 votes and the slimmest belonging to the Barkly in a seven-vote decider.

The NT Parliament will now be made up of Labor with 14 seats, the Country Liberal Party with 8, Territory Alliance with one seat and two independents in Yolngu man, Yingiya Mark Guyula, and former NT speaker, Kezia Purick.

The final declaration of all seats by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission will take place on Monday.

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