Penticton Indian Band council election ballots recounted
Steve Arstad - Reporter
December 09, 2016 - 9:55 AM
PENTICTON - Despite a calculation error while counting ballots on election night this week, the results of the election for Penticton Indian Band councillors will stand.
Band members voted for the eight positions on council Wednesday, Dec. 7. The mistake was caught while election officers were registering results for band records and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada so a recount was held yesterday, Dec. 8, according to a Penticton Indian Band media release.
"Only the candidates, their scrutineer and electoral officials were present to maintain the integrity of the recount," the release says.
The recount lasted until after midnight and it was determined the results of the election were unchanged.
“When our community is faced with these types of challenges, being open with those it affects is the way we get through it. We do it right away, there’s no waiting around or mincing words," band electoral officer Valerie Baptiste says in the release.
Here is the list of the eight winning candidates and the number of votes each received as provided by the Band:
Elliot Tonasket -160
Joseph Pierre - 147
Suzanne Johnson - 142
Naomi Gabriel - 140
Jonathan Kruger - 138
Clint George - 127
Denise Lecoy - 121
Tim Lezard - 119
A total of 329 ballots were counted of which 16 were spoiled.
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