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Ches Ash requesting recount in Carbonear election

Former Carbonear deputy mayor Ches Ash, left, lost to David Kennedy for the final seat on council by four votes.
Former Carbonear deputy mayor Ches Ash, left, lost to David Kennedy for the final seat on council by four votes.

CARBONEAR, NL — The returning officer in Carbonear will soon take another look at the ballots to determine who won the sixth and final seat in Tuesday's municipal election.

According to totals released that night, incumbent council member David Kennedy held on to that seat with 816 votes. Ches Ash, a former deputy mayor who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2013 and again in a 2014 byelection, was only four votes behind him at 812.

On Thursday, Ash confirmed his intention to request a recount.

"Considering the fact that there is but a four-vote difference in the official count as released on Tuesday evening and in response to the encouragement of my supporters, I will be requesting a recount as provided for in the Municipal Elections Act," he wrote in an email to the Compass.

Under that act, a losing candidate can request a recount if the margin of victory is 10 or less. Once the request is made to the returning officer, a recount must occur within three days.

The new Carbonear council is due to be sworn in next Monday, Oct. 2.

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The election result in Carbonear was not the only close one in the Trinity-Conception area. In Old Perlican, incumbent town councillor Clifford Morgan defeated Dana Fagner for the final seat by one vote — 105 to 104. The town's returning officer told the Compass a recount Wednesday reconfirmed the original result.

In Bryant's Cove, Roland Stone won the final seat by two votes over Warrick Stone — 80 to 78. The returning officer there said Warrick Stone was not requesting a recount, adding the total votes were tallied three times.

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