Elections Canada confirms recount going ahead in Quebec riding

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Elections Canada is confirming that a recount will take place in a Quebec ride with a close result after a “potential discrepancy” was discovered with a ballot box after the votes were confirmed.

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Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault says that following a Liberal candidate’s request, there will be a judicial recount of votes in the Chateauguay-Lacole ride.

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Preliminary results saw Bloc Quebecois candidate Patrick O’Hara defeat Liberal incumbent Brenda Shanahan, who was first elected in 2015 by 286 votes.

The Liberals requested that the votes be recounted after a “potential discrepancy” was found with the ballot box.

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The tanks for recording the votes in riding were also to be fixed by the Returning Officer.

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Justice Anne Jacobs of the Superior Court of Quebec will begin recounting next week.

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