Count continues in tight BC election race

Count continues in tight BC election race
Count continues in tight BC election race
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25 May, 2017

Officials with Elections BC continue to count absentee ballots in eight districts across the province on the last day of the final count, leaving people waiting and watching for where it all will end.

On May 10, the preliminary count showed the B.C. Liberals with a wider 0.98 percent lead in the popular vote.

The count started with her up by nine. The provincial elections office said on Twitter that it would post its next update on Wednesday morning.

The B.C. NDP Party won 41 legislative seats, while the B.C. Greens won an unprecedented three seats in the legislature. Additional ballots are still being counted throughout Wednesday. That change, they argue, will only come about if the NDP and Green parties cooperate in achieving a progressive social agenda in provincial government.

The Liberals held on to win in Richmond-Queensboroough and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, while the NDP has widened its lead in Maple Ridge-Mission.

However, that could all change today depending on the results of the absentee ballots in the riding of Courtenay-Comox.

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No ridings flipped between parties, but two tight races in Metro Vancouver were called early on Tuesday evening.

Elections BC did a recount in Courtenay-Comox before it began counting absentee ballots.

The counts will be updated several times throughout the next two days.

James and Furstenau declined comment about negotiations that are underway between the two parties. "I'm here to say, there's a U-turn straight ahead, and it's due to 60 per cent of voters of B.C.", said Dance-Bennick to raucous cheers and applause from the demonstrators at the event. A party needs 44 seats to govern in majority. "We're in discussions. I'm going to leave it at that".

Sven Biggs, a climate campaigner for Stand.earth, said only the Greens and the NDP together could stop Kinder Morgan from completing its oil pipeline expansion.

Vancouver-False Creek's Liberal incumbent Sam Sullivan remains ahead with a 542 vote lead over New Democrat Morgane Oger, but with 1,788 ballots left to count the race is far from over.


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