Absentee ballots have been counted in our two local ridings as British Columbians continue to wait for the final results of our province’s tight election.
Elections BC began counting more than 180,000 absentee ballots Monday, with 1,027 to be considered in Kootenay East and 759 in Columbia River-Revelstoke.
No changes will occur in our two ridings as the Liberals are still set to represent the electoral districts.
A total of 17,086 valid votes were cast in Kootenay East with 9,666 in favor of Tom Shypitka.
14,570 valid votes were made in Columbia River-Revelstoke with 6,620 in favor of Doug Clovechuk.
However all eyes are on Comox-Courtenay and Vancouver-False Creek.
Recounts have concluded but absentee ballots still need to be counted in both ridings.
Currently, New Democrat Ronna-Rae Leonard is up by 13 votes in Comox-Courtenay, while Liberal Sam Sullivan is leading by 569 in Vancouver-False Creek.
The Liberals had 43 seats, one shy of a majority, while the New Democrats have 41 and the Greens three after the May 9th vote.
– Josh Hoffman