Ballots cast in the May 14 provincial election in Coquitlam-Maillardville will go before a judicial recount, Elections B.C. has announced.
A final count found that the NDP’s Selina Robinson has a 35-vote margin over the Liberal’s Steve Kim.
After the preliminary count on May 14, Robinson, former director of development with SHARE Family and Community Services, was 105 votes behind Kim.
Provincial law dictates that a recount should occur if the difference between the top two candidates is less than 0.2 percent of the total number of ballots cast. With 21,897 votes counted in Coquitlam-Maillardville, the 35 votes separating Robinson and Kim falls below the 43 required for an outright victory.
The district electoral officer will therefore file an application with the Supreme Court asking for a judicial recount, according to a May 28 Elections B.C. media release
If a recount finds Kim the winner, he will join the NDP's Jane Shin as the first B.C. MLAs of Korean descent.
A date and time for the recount will be determined by the Supreme Court.