Jim morton

Morton said he doesn’t think anything inappropriate took place, but he just wants to double check the numbers. (CBC)

A judicial recount will be held in Kings North after a request from the incumbent NDP MLA who lost his seat.

On election night, Jim Morton thought he lost the race to the Progressive Conservative candidate by 37 votes. The official count showed the margin was just 32 votes.

“As I thought about it, and as my team thought about it, that narrow margin begged for a review,” Morton said. “I think we owe it to all those people who supported the campaign to add some clarity to what the number actually is.”

Morton said he doesn’t think anything inappropriate took place, but he just wants to double check the numbers.

“I understand from the official count that there were 50 rejected ballots,” he said. “We would just like to be sure that things are as they appear to be.”

Morton said the recount is scheduled for Oct. 21.

Kings North was a bastion of Tory strength for three decades until Morton won the seat in 2009.