A legal challenge is being mounted by the Alliance Party against the result Derry City and Strabane District Council election.
BBC News NI reports that the party is concerned about the counting process resulting in a sitting Alliance Party councillor losing his seat by less than 50 votes.
It has questioned why its candidate was eliminated when there was still about 150 votes left to be transferred from the DUP.
The party has lodged an election petition with the High Court in Belfast but no date has been set for the hearing.
A senior judge will have to decide if the ballot papers from the final stage of the counting process should be re-examined and fully transferred.
The Alliance Party said the petition was “regarding the election count for the Waterside district electoral area”.
It added: “Since the the matter is now in the hands of the court it would not be appropriate to comment any further.”
Alliance lost its two sitting councillors in Derry City and Strabane District Council in the local government election in May just weeks after opening a new party office in the city in a blaze of publicity.
Philip McKinney lost his seat in the Waterside by just 49 votes.
The SDLP’s Martin Reilly took the last seat.Tags: