Defeated Quebec City candidate wants to challenge victory of new opposition leader

A candidate in the municipal election in Quebec City is requesting a recount in the Sainte-Thérèse-de-Lisieux district, challenging the victory of newly elected opposition leader Jean-François Gosselin.

Marie France Trudel lost the Nov. 5 election by 69 votes, behind Québec 21 candidate Nancy Piuze.

Piuze was Gosselin's running mate and handed him her seat when Gosselin lost the mayoral race to Régis Labeaume.

Citizens voted multiple times, says Trudel

In a detailed court document filed on Friday, Équipe Labeaume noted irregularities in the voting polls of the district, alleging a number of citizens may have voted twice at different polling stations.

Trudel also alleged the electoral staff illegally refused a number of votes that were in her favour.

The request also states the scrutineers counting the ballots "were tired and had difficulty concentrating" by the end of the night. The tabulation of the votes lasting from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Trudel has been a city councillor since 2005.

Results in Sainte-Thérèse-de-Lisieux

Number of rejected ballots: 138
Difference between two top candidates: 69

- Jean-François Gosselin (Nancy Piuze, running mate): 4 991 votes.

- Marie France Trudel: 4,922 votes.

- Maude Grenier: 719 votes.

- Quentin Toffano-Floury: 84 votes.

- Patrice Fortin: 65 votes.

- Fernard Dumont: 57 votes.