Liberals have called for a recount in a close race in Quebec after a “potential discrepancy” was discovered with a ballot box.
And recounts are expected to begin this week in Davenport, Toronto, where the Liberals defeated the NDP by 76 votes. Given the close race, the NDP may ask for a re-count of the votes to ensure that the result was 100 percent accurate.
A judicial recount is to be held in Chateauguay-Lacole where the Bloc Québécois candidate defeated his Liberal rival by 286 votes.
The Liberals confirmed they had called for a recount in the ride, where a “potential discrepancy” was observed with a ballot box after the votes were confirmed. The tanks for recording the votes in riding were also to be fixed by the Returning Officer.
The parties can go to court to request a re-count within four days after the votes are scrutinized and verified. Most of the ridings have already validated their votes.
If there is a tie between the two leading candidates or the difference of votes is less than one-thousandth of the total votes, an automatic judicial recount is triggered.
In other tight races, the loser has the option of going to court to have the votes re-counted within a few days after the votes are confirmed.
Elections Canada said in a statement that “we have been informed by the Liberal Party of Canada that they are taking necessary steps to request a judicial recalculation under the relevant provisions of the Act” in Chateauguay-Lacole.
The statement said that during routine verification of results in Riding, the returning officer discovered a typo in the result number of an election where 40 votes for a candidate were recorded as 410.
“It was due to human error. The Returning Officer flagged it to check during the verification of results, and contacted the candidates to encourage them to participate in the verification,” it said.
The typos were corrected during the verification of votes in front of observers of political parties on Saturday, along with “other data-entry typos discovered during the verification process”.
Elections Canada stated that “none of these errors changed the outcome of the results.”
However, the agency said, “Since recognition, Elections Canada has become aware of a potential discrepancy with results reported for a single ballot box in an advance vote.”
The Liberal Party said: “As always, it is important that every vote counts. The Liberal campaign has full confidence in the path provided in the Canada Election Act to a close result, such as at Chateauguay-Lacole.”