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Progressive Conservatives call for recount in one Winnipeg riding

The Premier-elect, Brian Pallister makes a speech on his first day on the job. Adrian Cheung / Global News

WINNIPEG – There will be a judicial recount following a close result in a Winnipeg constituency in last week’s Manitoba election.

The Progressive Conservatives applied for a recount in Elmwood, which New Democrat Jim Maloway won by a margin of 101 votes.

George Orle, lawyer for the Progressive Conservatives, said he is not alleging any wrongdoing.

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He said the margin was small enough that the party wants to ensure no mistakes were made, especially because there were many spoiled or declined ballots across the province.

The recount will be overseen by a judge and is scheduled for Monday.

The Tories captured 40 seats on election night compared with 14 for the NDP and three for the Liberals.

Recounts are automatic when a margin of victory is less than 50 votes. When the margin is larger, parties have the right to ask for a judicial recount.

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