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In this file photo, Irishtown-Summerside former deputy mayor Lloyd Burton attends a Greater Humber Joint Council meeting.
IRISHTOWN-SUMMERSIDE — If pursuing his application for a recount in the mayor’s race of Irishtown-Summerside will require legal representation, Lloyd Burton is unsure whether he will proceed.
The former deputy mayor who was narrowly defeated in the municipal election, said he has to decide whether pursuit of the volunteer mayor’s position was worth the cost to him of securing a lawyer.
The application hit a few snags in provincial court in Corner Brook Wednesday.
Filed with the court by Burton following the municipal election, the application was filed using the wrong act, according to Judge Wayne Gorman. Burton utilized the legislation within the Elections Act, but the court requires that within the Municipalities Act, said the judge.
Burton, the town’s former deputy mayor, ran against incumbent mayor Clarence Diamond and Tony Blanchard in the election. Blanchard defeated Burton by just 15 votes, with Diamond finishing a distant third.
There were also concerns raised in the town about the election process. The returning officer was Rita Blanchard, the new mayor’s wife, and the polling clerk was her sister, Geraldine Wheeler. There are questions pertaining to conflicts of interest.
Burton was in court Wednesday, and Rita and Tony Blanchard were also present. Gorman had the matter set over until Oct. 23. He also said it is an opportunity for all individuals to seek legal representation, or at least receive legal advice. He also instructed Burton to file the application with a representative of the Attorney General of Newfoundland and Labrador.
After the court proceeding, Burton said he had sought legal advice with a number of firms in the area. He said it has been difficult finding somebody with knowledge of this particular process.