The Liberal Party is calling for a recount in the federal riding of Chateauguay-Lacolle after Elections Canada flagged what it called a “potential anomaly” in the tally that saw the Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois candidate defeat the Liberal by 286 votes.
Elections Canada confirms that it detected a possible problem with one of the ballot boxes after the finalization of the results. The agency did not give details.
“Since the validation, Elections Canada has become aware of a potential anomaly in the results reported for a single ballot box during an advance poll,” said Elections Canada spokeswoman Natasha Gauthier in a statement to CBC News.
“We have been advised by the Liberal Party of Canada that it is taking the necessary steps to request a recount under the relevant provisions of the Act.”
The riding’s result was the seventh closest in the federal election, according to Elections Canada results. Bloc MP Patrick O’Hara won on Saturday with a 0.59% margin over outgoing Liberal Brenda Shanahan, first elected in 2015.
The Liberal Party has said it is “important that every vote is counted”.
“The Liberal campaign has full confidence in the avenues provided for in the Canada Elections Act to obtain close results like that of ChÃ¢teauguay-Lacolle,” Liberal spokesperson Braeden Caley wrote in a statement to CBC News.
The Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois says it will not vote on the issue.
A typo was also entered and corrected, the agency said.
Elections Canada says it detected another problem earlier with the vote count in the riding of Quebec.
A returning officer accidentally registered 410 votes for the Liberal candidate, instead of 40, the Liberals said. The typo was discovered in “one of the result numbers for one of the polls” during the validation process and corrected, Elections Canada reported.
âThis was due to human error,â Elections Canada wrote. âThe aforementioned typo was checked and corrected at that time, as were other data entry typos discovered during the validation process. None of these errors changed the outcome of the results. “
Applicants were notified and representatives attended validation on September 25.
Elections Canada said no other party has yet requested a count in other ridings, but has up to four days after validation to submit a request.
âThe purpose of judicial recounts is to verify the arithmetic of the recount or of a contested electoral procedure brought on the basis of an alleged irregularity,â Gauthier wrote. “They happen in every election and they are an important part of the democratic process.”