The council election result in Kiama may not be final yet after a recount has been requested by the Greens candidate Tanya George.
In the count announced on Wednesday, Ms George lost out to Labor's Stuart Larkins by just eight votes for a seat on the nine-member council.
Ms George told the Mercury that with the numbers so close she wanted to make sure all votes had been counted properly.
"I am one of the last two people to be excluded [in counting]," she said.
"There's only an eight-vote margin between me and Stuart Larkin, the Labor candidate who for all intents and purposes has got in.
"So we just wanted to check that this is the will of the people ... that there hasn't been any issue with discounting informal votes.
"The will of the community was an overwhelming vote for the Greens and I just want to see that that is actually reflected in the final results."
The council as declared on Wednesday would include Greens Kathy Rice and Jodi Keast, Labor's Imogen Draisma and Mr Larkins, and independents Karen Renkema-Lan, Neil Reilly, Matt Brown (formerly a Labor candidate), Mark Croxford and Warren Steel.
Kiama Council CEO Jane Stroud said she hoped a decision on the recount would be made soon but understood that if the recount goes ahead a result may not come before Christmas.
"Recount requests are part of the democratic process, and I can appreciate when the margins are narrow, why a recount is requested," Ms Stroud said.
"We're looking forward to welcoming all our new councillors in the new year, regardless of the recount result. We will keep the community and councillor candidates updated as we hear more from the Electoral Commission."
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