Council election: The count resumes

Mayoral candidates: Ned Mannoun and Nathan Hagarty. Picture: Facebook.

Mayoral candidates: Ned Mannoun and Nathan Hagarty. Picture: Facebook.

Former Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun has a slight lead in the mayoral race over Labor's Nathan Hagarty with 42 per cent of the vote counted.

When counting resumes on Monday, Mr Mannoun, who served as the city's mayor between 2012 and 2016, has 42.2 per cent of the more than 60,000 votes counted.

The liberal candidate has a 3.5 per cent lead over Labor's Mr Hagarty (38.7 per cent) with independent candidate Michael Andjelkovic currently in third (8.2 per cent).

The pair are vying to replace outgoing Labor mayor Wendy Waller who is retiring after two decades of service.

Mr Mannoun's South Ward ticket appears set to have two spots on council as does the Charishma Kaliyanda-led Labor ticket with just over a quarter of the votes counted.

The fifth councillor spot is likely to come down to preferences with the Liverpool Community Independents Team (Karress Rhodes) holding a slight lead.

It's a similar story in the North Ward, with more than 35 per cent of the votes counted.

The Labor ticket of Mr Hagarty and the Liberal ticket of Mazhar Hadid are on track for two seats each on council with the Liverpool Community Independents Team (Peter Harle) holding onto fifth spot from the Greens (Avery Howard) and Mr Andjelkovic.

The informal vote across both wards was very high.

Postal votes are being accepted until December 17.

Any candidate has 24 hours to appeal so a result may change.