The newly-elected Otago regional councillor Michael Laws is safe in his seat, after an application for a recount in his constituency was declined.
The controversial former MP and broadcaster, who now lives in Cromwell, ran for the regional council in the Dunstan Constituency.
Mr Laws won by a margin of five votes from Gary Kelliher, after all special votes were counted.
Mr Kelliher applied to Alexandra District Court for an official recount, saying the result was extremely close.
However the court declined his application.
In its decision, the court said Mr Kelliher did not provide any strong evidence to warrant a recount.