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Giles still trails Labor in NT vote count

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Neda Vanovac

With 80 per cent of votes counted in Chief Minister Adam Giles' seat of Braitling, he is trailing Labor by 11 votes on a two-party preferred basis.

The Northern Territory Electoral Commission continued the vote count on Monday following Saturday night's poll, and the contest is tight in six seats that are yet to be called.

Currently Labor holds 16 seats, independents have three and the Country Liberal Party has only confirmed one seat, an astonishing fall from a 16-seat win in 2012, for a Legislative Assembly of 25 seats.

At the close of counting on Monday night, Mr Giles trailed Labor's Dale Wakefield by 11 votes on a two-party preferred basis. He was ahead on first preferences but battling other preferences flowing heavily to Labor.

He held the seat by an almost 20 per cent margin.

The man Mr Giles knifed as leader in 2013, Terry Mills, has returned to politics and is contesting the seat of Blain as an independent, and is currently leading Labor's Damian Hale by 101 votes on a two-candidate preferred basis, with just over 62 per cent of the vote counted.

Well-respected Labor Member for Nhulunbuy Lynne Walker is locked in a tight contest with Yolngu independent Yingiya Mark Guyula and may lose the seat she has held for eight years as he edges ahead by 35 votes, with just over half of votes counted.

In Karama, former Labor leader turned independent Delia Lawrie is 33 votes behind Labor's Ngaree Ah Kit, with 75 per cent of votes counted.

Meanwhile in Katherine, former deputy chief minister Willem Westra van Holthe is trailing Labor's Sandra Nelson by 41 votes, with 74 per cent of votes counted.

And in the bush seat of Daly, the CLP incumbent Gary Higgins has pulled ahead of Labor's Anthony Venes by 128 votes, with 48 per cent of votes counted.

The NTEC will resume counting on Tuesday at 9am.

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