ABC projects Labor will retain government in Northern Territory

The ABC projects Labor will retain government in the Northern Territory, but it is not clear yet if the party will have a majority in the Legislative Assembly.

ABC chief election analyst Antony Green says it is likely the party has won at least 12 seats, one shy of the 13 needed to form a majority government.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner has been successful in his bid for a second term, comfortably winning the Darwin seat of Fannie Bay over high-profile candidate Tracey Hayes.

If it can only win a minority, Labor would need at least one of two independents, former speaker Kezia Purick and Yingiya Guyula in the electorate of Mulka, to agree to give Labor confidence and supply in Parliament.

In a major election upset, Territory Alliance leader and former CLP chief minister Terry Mills lost the seat of Blain, which he has held for the majority of the last 21 years.

CLP Leader Lia Finocchiaro has been voted back in for a second term in the seat of Spillett.

More to come.