EDMONTON – After a close race in which two candidates were separated by less than 80 votes, a judicial recount determined Liberal candidate Amarjeet Sohi won the seat in Edmonton Mill Woods in the federal election.
The judicial count found the difference between Sohi and his Conservative candidate Tim Uppal was 92 votes.
“I feel honoured and humbled that the people of Edmonton Mill Woods have given me this opportunity to represent them in Ottawa,” Sohi said over the phone from Ottawa Thursday. “I commit to work hard and diligently on their behalf.”
The initial count found Sohi won the seat by just 80 votes.
A verification count confirmed the win for Sohi, but found he beat Uppal by 79 votes.
That difference was not enough to trigger an automatic recount, but Uppal requested a judicial recount and the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada agreed.
Lawyer Jonathan Denis, who is representing Uppal, said they had information from 18 different witnesses about voting irregularities in Edmonton Mill Woods.
“Irregularities happen almost every time you have an election, but in this particular case there were only 79 votes separating first from second and my client simply wants the public to be confident as to what the result is, whatever it is,” said Denis.
The count was done by a judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. It started on Tuesday and the result of the count was released Thursday afternoon.
The results will be published on the Elections Canada website once the recount is completed.