The final BC election count has revealed the BC NDP has won the riding of Maple Ridge-Mission, one of five close races that could determine the next BC government.
After the preliminary count on election night, BC NDP candidate Bob D’Eith was leading by 120 ballots, with 41.46% share of the vote in the riding.
And, following the final count of 2,562 extra absentee votes this week, it was confirmed D’Eith had won the seat by 325 votes.
As of election night, overall Parliament is hung; the BC Liberals hold 43 seats, the BC NDP hold 41, and BC Greens hold 3, meaning no one has a majority.
Five ridings, including Maple Ridge-Mission, were extremely tight, and depended on absentee ballots to reach a decisive result.
However, this latest result has no impact on the result, as the BC NDP candidate had been leading previously, so the riding already provisionally counted as a BC NDP seat.
The other close ridings that could swing either way were Courtenay-Comox, Richmond-Queensborough, Vancouver-False Creek, and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.
The final count was completed in Richmond-Queensborough Tuesday, confirming the BC Liberals seat that had been provisionally counted there.
As well, Coquitlam-Burke Mountain was close. But the final count also completed there Tuesday, confirming the BC Liberals seat that had been provisionally counted there.
Elections BC has not yet published the final count results for Courtenay-Comox or Vancouver-False Creek.
As of 10 am on Wednesday, the final count had been completed in 79 of 87 ridings, but is ongoing. All results will be finalized by end of day Wednesday.
- BC NDP lead Courtenay-Comox by 101 votes as final count continues
- BC Election 2017: BC Liberals win Richmond-Queensborough
- BC Election 2017: BC Liberals win Coquitlam-Burke Mountain
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