B.C.’s nail-biting election means it may be weeks before British Columbians can know for sure which party will hold the reins of power.
The tight race made it for an eventful evening, but it means some ridings may be looking at a recount.
A request may be made within three days of Election Day if the difference is 100 votes or fewer.
But Andrew Watson with Elections BC says the results may change once absentee ballots are added in.
“We don’t know what the results of final count will be, so I guess the next step is having the final count processed, let it run it’s course. And at the conclusion of final count where the candidates stand in any given race can change.”
But once the final count is done, which is expected by May 24, candidates or officers can still request a recount.
“A judicial recount needs to be requested by the District Electoral Officer under the Election Act if the difference between the top two candidates is less than 1/500 of the total votes cast, or if there’s actually a tie between the top two candidates.”
This means it could take even longer to know the final results.
Back in 2013, a judicial recount of Coquitlam-Maillardville took three weeks after Election Day.