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UPDATE: Town of St. Paul recount wraps up

On Wednesday evening, the Town of St. Paul confirmed a recount of the ballots cast in Monday's election would be taking place.
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UPDATE - A recount of the votes took place on Thursday afternoon, with those results finding a similar overall result as the initial count on Monday night.

Incumbent Norm Noel received the most support and highest number of votes at 899.

Incumbent Brad Eamon still held the second most votes at 799.

Incumbent Ron Boisvert had 742 votes in the recount, and was followed by the only new face on council, Sid Sood who received 727 votes.

Incumbents Nathan Taylor and Gary Ward will fill the last two seats on council with 721 and 718 votes respectively.

Also running in the election was Daniel Gadowski who received 689 votes; Dwight Wiebe who had 414 votes; and Joe Khandual who received 269 votes.

Results are still unofficial.

Town recount

ST. PAUL - Although details are sparse, the Town of St. Paul CAO has confirmed that a recount of the votes from Monday's municipal election will take place on Thursday.

CAO Steven Jeffery said the Town's returning officer has determined that the requirements for holding a recount set out in Section 98 of the Local Authorities Election Act were met prior to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20. While the Town's mayor was elected by acclamation, nine candidates were vying for six spots on council.

"We consulted with the Town’s legal counsel, who confirmed there is a reasonable basis for proceeding with a recount under the legislation," said Jeffery.

Section 98 of the Local Authorities Election Act states:

98 (1) The returning officer may make a recount of the votes cast at one or more voting stations if

(a) a candidate or an official agent or a scrutineer of a candidate recognized pursuant to section 69 or, in the case of a vote on a bylaw or question, a scrutineer appointed pursuant to section 70(1) shows grounds that the returning officer considers reasonable for alleging that the record of the result of the count of votes at any voting station is inaccurate,

(b) the returning officer considers that the number of (i) valid ballots objected to, or (ii) rejected ballots other than those on which no vote has been cast by an elector, was sufficient to affect the result of the election if they had not been counted or rejected, as the case may be, or

(c) the returning officer is of the opinion that there may have been an administrative or technical error that may cause an error in the count of votes.

The recount is scheduled to take place at noon on Oct. 21 at the St. Paul Rec. Centre.

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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