CORNER BROOK A provincial court judge in Corner Brook will be asked on Wednesday to order a recount of the votes cast for mayor in Irishtown-Summerside on Sept. 24.
The application was filed with the court by Lloyd Burton within three days of the municipal election.
“I couldn’t get a regular recount cause there’s 10 or more votes difference, so the only route I could go was with the judicial recount,” said Burton.
Burton, the town’s former deputy mayor, ran against incumbent mayor Clarence Diamond and Tony Blanchard in the election. When the votes were tallied, Blanchard was declared the winner with 235 votes. He defeated Burton by just 15 votes.
Burton said he’ll present his reasons for wanting the recount to the judge.
“The actual happenings inside the room,” said Burton of the process involved in the vote count. “That’s what will be presented.”
Less than 24 hours after the votes were tallied concerns were raised in the town about the process. The returning officer in the election was Rita Blanchard, the new mayor’s wife, and the polling clerk was her sister, Geraldine Wheeler.
According to the province’s Municipal Elections Act there is no legislation preventing a relative of a candidate from serving as a returning officer or a polling clerk in a municipal election.
It will be up to the judge to decide if Burton's arguments warrant holding a recount.