All eyes are on Vancouver Island as Courtenay-Comox Liberal candidate Jim Benninger has filed for a recount with Elections BC.
He lost the riding to NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard by just nine votes.
“We’ve got about 1,500 votes to be counted and determine who they belong too and that will determine the winners,” says Benninger, who has been told that’s the approximate number of absentee ballots still to be counted in the riding.
Now considered a key pivotal riding, if the tables turn in favor of the Liberals, it could give the party majority government.
He says the Premier called Thursday morning and says he’s feeling positive.
“There’s nothing we can do, positive or negative at this stage. It’s akin to handing in your exam and not getting it back for two weeks.”
A final tally is expected by May 24, when all absentee ballots will be counted.
For now, the Liberals hold a minority government with 43 seats, the NDP with 41, and three for the Greens.
Following final count, judicial recounts can be requested for ridings where the difference between the top two is less 1/500 of the total ballots considered.
CKNW has not heard back from Leonard.
With files from Liza Yuzda