Count Confirms Greens Vote Record in ACT Election

Count Confirms Greens Vote Record in ACT Election
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr delivers his election victory speech at the Belconnen Labor Club in Canberra, Australia, on Oct. 17, 2020. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

The Greens have secured a record six seats in the ACT assembly following final counting of votes in the territory election.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr will govern again in minority with the Greens, after Labor secured 10 seats in the assembly.

The Liberals head into the new term with nine seats out of the 25-seat assembly.

An official declaration of the poll will take place on Wednesday.

The Greens received just over a three percent swing to them, chalking up 13.5 percent of the vote, while the Liberals got a three point swing against them (33.8 percent).

The swing against Labor was 0.6 percent (37.8 percent).

Labor will notch up 23 years in office by the end of this term.

Liberal campaigners sheeted home the Labor win to the benefits of incumbency as the coronavirus pandemic continued and the difficulty of campaigning amid a global crisis.

The Greens will be pushing for more action on climate change, inequality and housing affordability.

Paul Osborne in Canberra