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Adam Giles doesn't think he'll retain seat

AAP logoAAP 5/09/2016 Neda Vanovac

The Northern Territory's former chief minister Adam Giles doesn't think he will win back his seat, his successor says.

A result for Mr Giles' seat of Braitling will likely not be final until after the final vote count following the deadline for postal votes on Friday

He is behind Labor's Dale Wakefield by 23 votes on a two-party preferred basis, and the CLP so far only has two confirmed seats in the 25-seat Legislative Assembly.

"He is of the view he will not win his seat and he's going to be uncontactable from Friday afternoon," new CLP opposition leader Gary Higgins told reporters on Monday.

Mr Higgins has promised a different style of leadership along with deputy Lia Finnocharo that would focus on reconnecting with voters and rebuilding the party.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has committed to properly resourcing the CLP opposition despite the fact they will be outnumbered by the four independents.

Mr Higgins said he and Ms Finnochiaro would work hard to cover the 40 portfolios.

"Lia and I will have to work a lot harder and be reliant on more people to give us some sound advice," he said.

"It is incumbent on everyone in parliament that is not government to hold government to account."

However, they walked out on their first press conference as the new leadership team after Ms Finnochiaro was pressed on whether she had misused government funds during the last term.

She was questioned on her use of parliamentary staffers in her electoral office, and of calling wing meetings "legislative briefings" so the government would cover the cost of catering.

"There are many functions that a government has to undertake for briefings, wing meetings, various things, I'm not going to sift through piles of activities a government or an opposition for that matter, or independents would undertake as part of the ordinary course of doing their business," she said.

When asked whether she had interfering in the public hiring process, Ms Finnochiaro and Mr Higgins cut the press conference short.

Meanwhile, Mr Giles, his former deputy Willem Westra van Holthe, and Labor deputy Lynne Walker are all still waiting to find out if they've retained their seats.

The NT Electoral Commission has begun recounting votes in five seats where the margin is less than 100 votes.

The final vote count will be made public next Monday.

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