Jordan Brown, of the NDP, declared MHA in the recount of the Labrador West seat


Following a one-day recount in St. John's courtroom, NDP newcomer Jordan Brown was declared the official winner of the West Labrador chair.

His five-vote victory over liberal candidate Graham Letto on election night was reduced to just two votes after the recount.

This brings the total votes to 1,634 for Brown and 1,632 for Letto.

A lively Brown was joined by NDP Leader Alison Coffin and others on the steps of the Supreme Court in St. John's.

"Finally! Now I can take my place [in the House of Assembly] which is great, "Brown said.

How did he fall on a two-vote victory?

"That was close, if there was ever any close," Brown said.

Brown, who said he and Letto have known each other for years, said that all three candidates made a respectful campaign and that the race probably ended so close.

After the final count was announced, the two men shook hands and hugged each other.

Letto, for his part, said it was a disappointing result, losing by two votes.

Graham Letto says his narrow defeat shows "how important it is for people to step out and exercise their democratic right and vote." (Katie Breen / CBC)

"All I'm going to say is that it shows how important it is for people to come out and exercise their democratic right and vote," he told reporters after the official count was announced.

"We can look back on election night and election day and see all sorts of ways we could have gotten two votes, but yet this is how the Labrador West people spoke. I respect their decision .. "It's not the end of the world and I wish Jordan Brown all the better in his role as MHA for Lab West."

& # 39; Human error & # 39; and other categories of ballet disputed

Lawyers have spent the past few days going through all 27 district searches.

About 50 banknotes were reserved for further analysis by the end of Thursday. Those were divided into categories, including "human error" and "unorthodox marks" and "marks in a box".

In the latter category, for example, Brown and Letto's lawyers argued in a vote. Letto's lawyer said the mark on the ballot is clear to his client and that Brown's mark went unnoticed. The judge said that the vote for Letto.

This type of debate is taking place for all the ballots that have been set aside, and the judge has decided that all disputed ballots will be dealt with continuously, without interruption of the process.

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