N.L. Progressive Conservatives say they're watching vote recount in St. John's

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservatives say they'll be keeping a close eye on a vote recount requested by the provincial New Democrats.

A Tory spokesman said Tuesday the party hasn't yet decided whether to challenge any part of the election, but it will be watching the recount for evidence of irregularities.

NDP Leader Alison Coffin says she triggered the recount in the St. John's East-Quidi Vidi district because she lost by just 53 votes and because the party's scrutineer had concerns about the vote count.

In court documents shared with The Canadian Press, the scrutineer expresses concerns that ballots were being discounted without adequate reason.

Newfoundland and Labrador's provincial election was conducted by mail-in ballots after a COVID-19 outbreak in the capital prompted officials to cancel in-person voting.

In results announced March 27, the Liberals were re-elected with 22 seats, the Progressive Conservatives had 13, the NDP two and three Independents won seats.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 6, 2021.

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