Elections NL says results of delayed vote expected Saturday

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador's elections authority says it will have results of the chaotic and delayed provincial vote on Saturday.

Spokeswoman Adrienne Luther said today her office will publicly release the results at noon on Saturday — more than two months since the election was first called.

The election has been mired in chaos since a COVID-19 outbreak swept through the St. John's region last month, prompting officials to call off in-person voting set for Feb. 13.

The night before the vote, chief electoral officer Bruce Chaulk declared all remaining votes would instead be cast by mail.

Ballots must be returned to Elections NL by Thursday, following multiple deadline extensions.

With a 70-day campaign, the election is one of the longest in modern Canadian history, just shy of the 78-day federal election in 2015.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2021.

The Canadian Press