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BR NS Election Report – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jan 18, 2018

HALIFAX – A new report has come up with some recommendations to address confusion around the withdrawal of political candidates after nominations close.

The Elections Nova Scotia report says there were three incidents in last spring’s provincial election campaign, involving one from each party.

Chief electoral officer Richard Temporale says a legislated process should be put in place to address the situation.

He recommends a process to allow a party to withdraw support through to the end of the Saturday immediately before election day.

His report outlines what occurred when the Liberal party withdrew its support for candidate Matthew MacKnight in the Pictou East riding.

MacKnight’s name was removed from the election-day ballots and replaced by that of new candidate John Fraser, but there was no adjustment to the write-in ballot.

That only includes the names of the registered parties and a space to write in the name of an independent candidate.

The report says on election day, the 16 write-in ballots cast for the Liberals were included in the overall vote totals for Fraser.

For N-D-P candidate Bill McEwen, his name remained on the ballot and all of the seven write-in ballots even though he withdrew before the vote.

(The Canadian Press)

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