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Federal election recount in Port Moody-Coquitlam called off

Last Updated Nov 7, 2019 at 11:30 am PST

Bonita Zarillo and Nelly Shin were only separated by 153 votes on election night.
Summary

The NDP candidate for Port Moody-Coquitlam has called off a recount, leaving the Conservative the winner

Recounts are only granted when the votes between the winner and the runner-up are separated by 0.1 per cent

PORT MOODY (NEWS 1130) – Bonita Zarrillo, the NDP candidate for Port Moody-Coquitlam, has called off a recount in the riding, leaving Conservative Nelly Shin the new MP.

Zarrillo was granted the recount after she lost to Shin by only 153 votes during the Oct. 21 federal election. Initially, she was thought to have won by 353 votes.

The recount began on Nov. 6, but the next day Elections Canada said in a release it had been “terminated following a request for withdrawal by the candidate who requested the recount.”

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Zarrillo thanked those involved in her campaign for their help.

“The recount for Port Moody Coquitlam has ended. There will be no change to the outcome,” the post said. “I will share more details…and some insights into the experience…soon.”

The New Democrats argued that there were 516 rejected ballots in Port Moody-Coquitlam — an unusually high number — along with evidence of a counting error in one poll and more than 250 unaccounted ballots.

With files from the Canadian Press