Elections BC has announced that district electoral officer recounts will take place in the Courtenay-Comox and Vancouver-False Creek ridings.
A total of six recount requests were made from ridings with close results. All three recount requests made by the NDP were denied. One out of two requests made by a Liberal candidate were rejected.
In Courtenay-Comox, BC Liberal candidate Jim Benninger made a recount request. Initial results show Benninger had received a total of 10,049 votes, trailing behind NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard with 10,058 votes.
“In Courtenay-Comox, the recount request was accepted because the difference between the top two candidates is nine votes,” said Elections BC in a release.
In Vancouver-False Creek, NDP candidate Morgane Oger’s request for a recount was rejected.
However, a recount request for the same riding made by the BC Citizens First party’s Phillip James Ryan was accepted.
“In cases where the difference between the top two candidates is greater than 100 votes, recount requests must include factual basis that ballots were not correctly accepted or rejected, or that a ballot account does not accurately record the number of votes for a candidate,” said Elections BC, highlighting that this is why Oger’s request was denied.
Ryan’s request was accepted because an advance voting ballot account recorded 403 votes for one candidate and the tally sheet and parcel envelope for the candidate listed 399 votes.
The final recount will take place from May 22 to 24.