Calgary

Judicial recount confirms Devinder Toor won Calgary-Falconridge

A ballot recount has confirmed that the United Conservative Party candidate received the most votes in a tight Alberta election race in Calgary — but by a slightly slimmer margin than the original tally.

Margin of victory over NDP candidate was 91 votes, according to count done in presence of judge

A judicial recount has confirmed that United Conservative Party candidate Devinder Toor won Calgary-Falconridge in last month's Alberta general election. (CBC )

A ballot recount has confirmed that the United Conservative Party candidate received the most votes in a tight Alberta election race in Calgary — but by a slightly slimmer margin than the original tally.

The first count had the UCP's Devinder Toor winning the Calgary-Falconridge seat by just 96 votes.

The NDP contender, Parmeet Singh Boparai, asked for a judicial recount because the margin was so slim.

Drew Westwater, Alberta's deputy chief electoral officer, says the recount determined that Toor still won, but by a margin that was five votes fewer than originally recorded.

The numbers were certified by Court of Queen's Bench Justice Michele Hollins, who oversaw the recount in a Calgary courtroom on Tuesday.

Elections officials painstakingly counted several boxes full of ballots by hand while the candidates and their lawyers looked on.

Candidates have two days to appeal once a recount is certified, Westwater said. Once that time has passed, Elections Alberta will update its official results with the new numbers.

It's the only recount arising from the April 16 election won by Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party.

The UCP took 63 seats in the 87-seat legislature and the NDP won 24.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.