With about 70 per cent of votes counted in the five Blacktown Council wards some of the results of yesterday's local government election are now becoming clear.
The Australian Labor Party won a total of 42 per cent of the votes counted in the local government area so far, with the Liberal Party taking out 38.9 per cent.
This is a swing of 7.3 per cent against Labor and 9.6 per cent of votes towards the Liberals.
In Ward 1 the Liberals have won 46.1 of the votes counted so far and Labor have won 40.2.
Sitting councillors Liberal Jess Diaz and Labor's Alan Pendelton (who was the last Blacktown Mayor) were both first on the ticket for their respective groups and are both likely to be re-elected.
There were also two independent groups in the ward.
One led by Rosarie Bonham has won 5.4 per cent of the vote and the other, led by sitting councillor Alan Green has claimed 8.2 per cent of the votes counted so far.
In Ward 2 Labor has won 36.9 per cent of the vote and the Liberals have won 45.4 per cent.
It is unclear whether both sitting Labor councillors Leo Kelly and Julie Griffiths will be re-elected, but sitting Liberal councillor Len Robinson looks sure to get voted back in.
The Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) won 6.6 per cent of the vote and a group of independents won 11.2 per cent of the vote.
In Ward 3 the Liberal Party won 34.1 per cent of the votes counted so far and Labor won 26.9 per cent.
The Greens won 6.4 per cent of the vote and a group of independents, led by sitting councillor Russ Dickens 14.8 per cent and another group of independents led by sitting councillor Kathie Collins won 15 per cent of the vote.
In Ward 4 Labor has won 49.5 per cent of the votes counted so far and the Liberals have won 38.9 per cent.
The two sitting Labor councillors running for re-election in the ward, Stephen Bali and Edmond Atalla are likely to be reclaim their seats on council.
A group of independents running in the ward has won 11.6 per cent of the vote counted so far.
In Ward 5 Labor has won 58.2 per cent of the votes counted so far and the Liberals have won 26.1 per cent.
Sitting Labor councillors Charlie Lowles and Tony Bleadesdale are likely to be re-elected and sitting Liberal councillor Jacqueline Donaldson will also most likely reclaim her seat on the council.
The Australia First Party group has won 3.5 per cent of the votes counted so far in the ward and the Greens have won 7.1 per cent.
A group of independents has won 5 per cent of the vote.
The count continues.
The council elected in 2008 was made up of eight Labor councillors, five Liberal councillors and two independents.
There was one Liberal councillor in each ward, two Labor Councillors in Wards 2, 4 and 5, and one in wards 1 and 3 where the two independents were elected.