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Election results reversal was not suspicious, says candidate
Joshua Freeman, CP24.com
Published Monday, June 16, 2014 12:20PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 16, 2014 1:17PM EDT
An MPP who was told she lost the provincial election last week only to have those results reversed says she’s not suspicious of the voting process.
“They (Elections Ontario) always find mistakes, but usually mistakes don’t change the outcome,” Thornhill MPP Gila Martow told CP24 in a sit-down interview Monday.
On election night Thursday, preliminary results showed that Liberal candidate Sandra Yeung Racco had won the riding by just 85 votes. However an official vote count the day after the election revealed that it was in fact Martow who had won by 85 votes, election officials said Saturday.
Elections Ontario said the mistake was due to a “data transposition error.”
Yeung Racco, who lost to Martow in a byelection in February, issued a statement Saturday afternoon saying the result warrants a recount.
“We are alarmed at the number of what Elections Ontario deemed to be ‘transposition and minor clerical errors’ that led to this decision,” she said in the statement.
However Martow said the elections process is sound and that she’s the one who should have doubts.
“All I can say is that if there’s anything suspicious going on, it’s suspicious that I would get her lower number and she would get my higher number.
Martow said when the race is so close, neither party should be comfortable claiming victory before the results are official.
“I was very careful in my speech on election night. It wasn’t a victory speech and it wasn’t necessarily a defeated speech,” she said.
She said she also never called Yeung Racco to concede.
“I think it’s very important to realize that the blame doesn’t belong to Elections Ontario, the blame belongs to all of us,” she said. “When it’s a close race, we should really wait to declare the winner until after the verification process and the official tally numbers.”
The rest of the official results from the provincial election are expected to be posted on June 18.
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