Election held on 9 August 2008
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'
|Party Name||First preference vote n||First preference vote share %||Change from previous election %||Seats won n||Uncontested seats held n||Seat share %|
|Country Liberal Party||36,334||45.40||+9.68||11||0||44.00|
|Australian Labor Party||34,557||43.18||-8.76||13||2||52.00|
|Votes for other than listed parties||0||0.00||0.00|
First Minister in office at election: There had been a change of Chief Minister since the previous election; after winning the 2001 and 2005 Northern Territory Legislative Assembly elections as leader of the Australian Labor Party, Martin resigned from the leadership, and Henderson was chosen by the Labor caucus to be the leader of the party. Henderson was commissioned on 27 November 2007 as First Minister of an Australian Labor Party majority government.
Independents: The vote shown for Independents at this Northern Territory Legislative Assembly election is the sum of votes cast for all candidates registered as Independents (11 candidates in 9 electoral districts). Gerry Wood was elected as the Independent member for the electoral district of Nelson.
Uncontested seats: Only one candidate was nominated for each of the Northern Territory electoral districts of Arnhem and Macdonnell; Malarndirri McCarthy was elected unopposed for the Australian Labor Party from Arnhem, and Alison Anderson was elected unopposed for the Australian Labor Party from Macdonnell. This is the first time that there have been uncontested seats in an election for the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, and the first time for 25 years that there has been an uncontested seat for an Australian lower house election. Uncontested seats were common at Australian state and commonwealth lower house elections until the 1960s but changes in party campaign strategy has meant that there had been no uncontested seats since the 1983 election for the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. For more information and analysis, see Campbell Sharman, ‘Uncontested Seats and the Evolution of Party Competition: The Australian Case’, Party Politics, 9(6) November 2003: 679-702.
References: For a survey of this election, see Mickey Dewar, 'Northern Territory', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, 55 (2) June 2009: 303-309 at pp. 303-306.
Results calculated from figures provided by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission website: here [accessed 26 August 2012].