N.L.'s Progressive Conservatives say they won't challenge election in court

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservative party has decided not to challenge the province's election in court.

Party secretary Rhonda McMeekin said today in a statement members met Monday night for the first time since the election results were announced on March 27 and decided there was no public appetite for another vote.

She says the party will instead use its official Opposition status to advocate for a review of the province's Elections Act.

The provincial New Democrats launched a constitutional challenge to the election on Monday, calling for the results of the pandemic-delayed vote to be tossed out.

The 45-page application to the province's Supreme Court alleges chief electoral officer Bruce Chaulk violated the Elections Act when he cancelled in-person voting and switched to mail-in ballots after a COVID-19 outbreak swept through St. John's.

Coffin has also applied for a judicial recount in her St. John's district where she lost by 53 votes, and a hearing is scheduled for May 10 to determine if that recount is warranted.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 13, 2021.

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