Elections NB

Byelections, plebiscite end in four close races (10/05/11)

NB 712

May 11, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Nine new councillors and one mayor were elected in nine byelections held across New Brunswick on Monday, May 10.

McAdam, Nackawic, Petitcodiac, Port Elgin, St. George, Saint-Hilaire and Tracadie-Sheila each elected councillors-at-large, while St. Andrews filled two vacancies. In Riverside-Albert, voters cast ballots to elect a new mayor.

Residents of Campobello Island voted in a plebiscite on Monday in support of a referendum calling for the establishment of a rural community to replace the existing local service district.

In the byelections held in Tracadie-Sheila, McAdam, Port Elgin, Saint-Hilaire and St. Andrews, the margin of victory was fewer than 25 votes, which opens up the potential for a recount. Chief Electoral Officer Michael Quinn said Elections NB has introduced measures that should simplify the process.

"We now have a number of candidate-friendly options that can be used to verify the outcome," said Quinn. "A candidate can first request to see digital images of the ballots, which are captured by the tabulation machines used to count the votes. As a second step, the candidate can then request the municipal returning officer, who oversaw the election, to conduct a recount. The candidate also still has the option to request a judicial recount."

A candidate has 10 days following Election Day to apply for a judicial recount.



MEDIA CONTACT: Paul Harpelle, communications, Elections NB, 506-470-0492, paul.harpelle@gnb.ca.