Nova Scotia

Halifax election results stand but some candidates still want recounts

The official addition of municipal election polls has not changed the results in Halifax, however at least two candidates still plan to ask for judicial recounts.

Andrew Curran and Brad Johns will both make the request, Linda Mosher weighing her options

Brad Johns, left, and Andrew Curran, who both ran in Saturday's municipal election, plan to ask for judicial recounts. A third candidate, Linda Mosher, is weighing her options. (Brad Johns/Facebook, Andrew Curran)

The results of last Saturday's municipal election in Halifax will stand following this week's official addition, but at least two runners-up still plan to ask for judicial recounts.

Andrew Curran lost the District 10 race to veteran incumbent Russell Walker by 15 votes. The official additional on Tuesday, where totals on poll documents are reviewed, gave Walker an additional 20 votes.

Still, Curran said he will go ahead with a request for a judge to review the ballots.

'I feel it would be a disservice not to'

"I feel it's a duty of mine with the count being so close," he said, referring to other situations where the result has changed following a recount.

"In the interest of the integrity of the vote and all the folks that have voted for me and the work that's gone into it, I feel it would be a disservice not to do it."

The swearing-in for the new Halifax council will be Nov. 1, but at least two councillors-elect will have to wait until judicial recounts are complete. (Robert Short/CBC)

Curran has also expressed concerns about a newer apartment building on Dutch Village Road, where he said not all residents received voting cards. 

However the building is a fairly new construction and a city spokesman said it is likely the voters list has not been updated to reflect the new residents.

"We received 20 names from Elections Nova Scotia for that building of eligible voters," said Brendan Elliott.

Municipality relies on provincial voters list

Elliott said the municipality does not do enumerations and instead relies on information from the province. Anyone who voted from updated addresses in last weekend's election would be added to the Elections Nova Scotia list, he said.

The official addition didn't change anything for Brad Johns — he still finished 47 votes behind former CBC online writer Lisa Blackburn in District 14. Still, like Curran, Johns said he'd be requesting a recount.

"I'd like to see my ballots," he said. "I think I owe it to the residents, myself and my kids."

Judges have 30 days to do recounts

In the other close race on Saturday, Linda Mosher lost to Shawn Cleary by 107 votes in District 9. The official addition gave Mosher one extra vote and her campaign manager, Mike Kydd, said she was still weighing her options.

"We'll have an announcement in the coming days," he said.

After receiving an application and a deposit of $200 for a recount, a judge has 30 days to complete the work if it's decided a recount is warranted. In 2012 the municipality delayed swearing in the winners of districts where judicial recounts were requested until those results were complete.

Elliott said that would be the case again this year, with everyone else being sworn in on Nov. 1.

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