Closer contest tipped in NT election

More than 100 candidates are contesting 25 seats in the Northern Territory election on August 22.
More than 100 candidates are contesting 25 seats in the Northern Territory election on August 22.

NORTHERN TERRITORY ELECTION, AUGUST 22

MAJOR PLAYERS

* Labor Chief Minister Michael Gunner

* Country Liberal Party leader Lia Finocchiaro

* Territory Alliance leader Terry Mills

* 111 candidates are contesting 25 seats

STATE OF PLAY

* Labor: 16 seats

* CLP: three seats

* Territory Alliance: three seats

* Independents: three seats

GOOD TO KNOW

* 141,225 Territorians are registered to vote

* Early voting opened on August 10

* 22 per cent of votes have been cast, with a week to go

* A June poll of Darwin residents showed Labor on 34 per cent of the primary vote, followed by CLP with 29 per cent and the Alliance on 11 per cent

* Analysts say the result may be much closer with swings of three per cent in some seats forcing Labor to form a minority government.

Australian Associated Press