DISTRICT electoral officer recounts will take place in the Courtenay-Comox and Vancouver-False Creek electoral districts as part of final count, which will take place May 22 to 24, BC Elections announced on Saturday.

Under the Election Act, candidates or their official agents can request a recount of some or all of the ballots considered at initial count within three days after General Voting Day.

Recount requests are accepted if:

  • the difference between the top two candidates is close (defined in the Election Act as 100 votes or fewer); or
  • votes were not correctly accepted or ballots were not correctly rejected, or a ballot account does not accurately record the number of votes for a candidate.

The following recount requests were received by the deadline:

Electoral District Candidate who made the request Recount request accepted?
Coquitlam-Burke Mountain Jodie Wickens No
Courtenay-Comox Jim Benninger Yes
Maple Ridge-Mission Marc Dalton No
Richmond-Queensborough Aman Singh No
Vancouver-False Creek Morgane Oger No
Vancouver-False Creek Phillip James Ryan Yes

In Courtenay-Comox, the recount request was accepted because the difference between the top two candidates is nine votes.

Phillip James Ryan’s request for a recount in Vancouver-False Creek was accepted because an advance voting ballot account records 403 votes for one candidate, and the tally sheet and parcel envelope containing ballots for that candidate lists 399.

Recount requests were not accepted if they did not meet the requirements of the Election Act. 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.

Morgane Oger’s request for a recount was not accepted as it did not meet these requirements. Additional information related to the request was received by the deadline, but by the time that it was received Phillip James Ryan’s request had already been accepted.

In 2008 the Election Act was revised to establish clear criteria under which district electoral officer recount requests are accepted. Following the 2009 and 2013 general elections, district electoral officer recount requests were only made on the basis that 100 votes or fewer separated the top two candidates.

Applications for a judicial recount can be made up to six days after the conclusion of final count.

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