UCP recount results delayed

Leader staff

A March 9 recount of the Lesser Slave Lake United Conservative Party vote was done. But the announcement of the results – contrary to initial expectations – was put off for a few more days.

“The recount was done,” says UCP constituency association president Gordon Ferguson. “I know who won, but I can’t tell you.”

The reason for the delay, Ferguson says, is that the party has decided the recount result needs to be ratified by the provincial UCP board.

Ferguson wasn’t expecting that; likely neither were the two contestants, Scott Sinclair and Martine Carifelle.

On the initial count after the Feb. 25 and 26 vote, Sinclair was the winner by three votes on the third ballot. Carifelle challenged the count, resulting in the Mar. 9 recount.

The recount took place at 12 noon at the UCP office in Edmonton, supervised by UCP Director of Nominations Mark Jacka, acting as returning officer. The ballots had been sealed in a bin since the end of the count in Slave Lake on Feb. 26.

The two contestants were invited to have their own scrutineers present for the recount.

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