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Parliament of Northern Territory, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 27 August 2016

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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Northern Territory
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
27 August 2016

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election)
Premier's party affiliation
Country Liberal Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
Number of Assembly seats
Number of uncontested seats
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
Total valid votes
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Adult franchise at 18 years; single member districts; preferential voting (AV), optional preferences (see notes); compulsory voting

Northern Territory, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 27 August 2016
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Australian Labor Party  41,476  42.19  +5.74  18  72.00 
Country Liberal Party  31,263  31.80  -18.83  8.00 
Independents  18,511  18.83  +12.22  20.00 
1 Territory Party  3,520  3.58     
Australian Greens  2,817  2.87     
Shooters Party  523  0.53     
Citizens Electoral Council  189  0.19     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 98,299  100.00    25  100.00 

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* Party did not contest previous election or did not meet criteria for listing, or contested previous election under a different party name.


Chief Minister at election: There had been a change of Chief Minister since the previous election; Mills had been commissioned as Chief Minister of a Country Liberal Party majority government after the party had won a majority of seats at the August 2012 Northern Territory Legislative Assembly elections. While Chief Minister Mills was on an overseas business trip for the Northern Territory in March 2013, the Country Liberal parliamentary party removed him as leader of the party, and elected Giles in his place. Giles was commissioned as Chief Minister of a Country Liberal Party majority government on 13 March 2013.

In the two years after the replacement of Mills as Chief Minister, there were a series of defections from the Country Liberal Party caucus. On 20 July 2015, Kezia Purick, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, resigned from the Country Liberal Party, leaving the government with minority support in the Assembly but Chief Minister Giles stated that he has sufficient support among Independent members to continue in government until the Assembly election due in August 2016.

Chief Minister after election: Gunner was commissioned as Chief Minister of an Australian Labor Party majority government on 31 August 2016.

Electoral system and voting: In December 2015, the Giles government proposed a number of changes to the Electoral Act including a change from preferential voting requiring a voter to rank all candidates on the ballot paper (compulsory preferences), to permitting a voter to vote for one or more candidates (optional preferences). This amendment was passed in February 2016.

The legislation also changed the rules for campaigning near polling places. For discussion of these changes and their context, see Antony Green, in 'Sources', below.

Independents: Thirty-seven candidates ran as Independents at this Northern Territory Assembly election (2016), with five likely to win seats.

1 Territory Party: Some members of this party had been formerly associated with the Country Liberal Party.

Shooters Party: This party was registered for the 2016 Northern Territory Assembly election as the Shooters and Fishers Party; the original name -- Shooters Party -- has been retained for this database to permit comparison of the party's vote share between states and over time.


The voting results in the tables above were calculated from the Northern Territory Electoral Commission webpage 'NT summary of first preference votes by division', online here [accessed 11 September 2016]

Seats won were calculated from the Northern Territory Electoral Commission webpage 'NT summary of two candidate preferred votes by division', online here [accessed 11 September 2016]

Antony Green's Election Blog, 11 February 2016, 'Northern Territory Adopts Optional Preferential Voting and Bans Campaigning Near Polling Places', on the Australian Broadcasting Commission website here. [accessed 28 August 2016]