PORT MOODY (NEWS 1130) – The Federal NDP has been granted a re-count in the riding of Port-Moody Coquitlam.
The race in Port-Moody Coquitlam was the closest in the entire country, with Conservative Nelly Shin receiving 153 votes more than the NDP’s Bonita Zarrillo.
Zarillo says a judge granted the recount late Tuesday afternoon.
“There will be a recount of the ballots for Port-Moody Coquitlam,” she says. “It’s not about me it’s about the people of this community spoke to me after the election about how close it was. When I did have the opportunity to see a few inconsistencies we decided to ask the judge for a recount and we met the threshold so it’s been granted.”
Initially, Shin reportedly received 353 votes more than Zarrillo on election night, but after the official recount, that number dropped significantly to 153 ballots between the two.
Zarillo says that slim margin was also a big consideration when she asked for a recount.
“When it was even closer I got even more input from the community,” she says. “Community members would ask me ‘Is there a recount? Is there a recount?'”
While she doesn’t have all the details, Zarillo says the recount would happen sometime next week.
“I’m just happy the community will get a second look at this. I’m not saying the results will change,” she adds. “At least we will know the community will feel satisfied that every one of their votes counted.”
Recounts are only triggered when the winning candidate and runner up only are separated by 0.1 per cent of the total votes cast in the riding.
There have also been two re-counts requested in Quebec.