Tight battles for final ACT election seats as Greens prepare to negotiate governing with Labor

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The final outcome of this weekend's ACT election will remain unclear for days, with the results in two seats too close to call.
The Greens will spend this week considering what role they want to play in the next ACT Government following the party's strong performance in the territory election.

Key points: At the stage, it is likely Canberrans have elected 12 Labor, eight Liberal and five Green MLAs

At the stage, it is likely Canberrans have elected 12 Labor, eight Liberal and five Green MLAs The final election outcome will remain unknown for days

The final election outcome will remain unknown for days The Greens and Labor will negotiate this week over how to govern together

However, Labor leader Andrew Barr has ruled out having a Greens deputy chief minister, nor will Labor allow its coalition party to "dictate" the make-up of the next cabinet.

The once-minor party will have four to six members in the 25-seat Legislative Assembly, up from two before the election, after it attracted 13.9 per cent of first-preference votes — a positive swing of 3.6 per cent.

The outcome is likely to remain unknown for days due to the complexity of the ACT's multi-member voting system.

After a preliminary distribution of about two-thirds of voters' preferences, the results are too close to call in two electorates: Ginninderra (the Belconnen region) and Brindabella (the Tuggeranong valley).

A tiny margin of just seven votes separates two candidates in the race for Brindabella's fifth and last seat, where Labor's Taimus Werner-Gibbings was leading the Green's Jonathan Davis before interim results suggested Mr Davis would be eliminated from the count.

In Ginninderra, three candidates are battling for two spots in the Assembly: the Greens' Jo Clay is vying with Labor minister Gordon Ramsay and the Liberals' Peter Cain.

Greens leader Shane Rattenbury told ABC Radio Canberra on Sunday the community had supported his party's "bold and ambitious ideas".

He said all party members — not just elected candidates — would meet this week to thrash out a strategy for the next four years.

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