Green's Hannah Bell wins District 11 byelection by 157 votes

Green Party candidate Hannah Bell has won the byelection tonight in Charlottetown-Parkdale by 157 votes.

Bell will become one of only 6 Green MLAs in Canada

Hannah Bell celebrates her win in District 11, with Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker standing behind her. (Kerry Campbell/CBC)

Green Party candidate Hannah Bell has won the byelection tonight in District 11 Charlottetown-Parkdale by 157 votes.

Bell took 768 votes, Liberal Bob Doiron 611 votes, the PC's Melissa Hilton 586 votes and the NDP leader Mike Redmond 202, according to direct data from Elections P.E.I. 

P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan conceded the win to the Greens, offering his congratulations to Bell. PC candidate Melissa Hilton, PC leader James Aylward and Liberal candidate Bob Doiron also wished Bell well. 

Results are unofficial until verified by Elections P.E.I.

Elections P.E.I.'s website repeatedly crashed throughout the evening, likely due to overloading. 

About 34 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the advance poll — 60.32 per cent of registered voters did so in total.

With the Green win, seats in the legislature stand like this.

  • Liberal: 17
  • Progressive Conservative: 8
  • Green: 2

The district voted Liberal in the last three elections

Premier Wade MacLauchlan offered Bell congratulations from Liberal candidate Bob Doiron's headquarters. (Malcolm Campbell/CBC)

With files from Kerry Campbell