Shelly Glover says the Manitoba PC party’s leadership election that saw Premier Heather Stefanson become leader of the party was flawed.
Glover, who lost last month to Stefanson by a small margin, has alleged there were irregularities when ballots were counted and wants a judge to order a new vote.
Tuesday, the failed candidate took the stand in court to challenge the election outcome.
Glover, a former member of Parliament, received 49 per cent of ballots in the Oct. 30 vote.
When the results were announced, the ballots totalled 16,546, with Stefanson winning 51 per cent.
Glover was asked repeatedly about the voter list, or spreadsheet, she alleged should represent the total tally of ballots. Glover said the voters list was filled with errors and mistakes, as she challenges the outcome in court.
Lawyers for the PC party pushed Glover on whether she knew the number on that list was incorrect to which she responded.
Glover said the list indicates 500 fewer people voted than what the final results said.
“It’s unfathomable for me to think of how we got to that number,” Glover told the court.
“No, I believe it’s correct” and added there is no other voter list.
Harley Schachter, the lawyer for the Progressive Conservative
Party, posed to Glover’s team that there were errors in the
spreadsheet so it was clearly not meant to be used as a reflection of the total vote.
He added that the reading of numbers by Glover’s campaign also doesn’t add up.
The case continues on Dec. 10.
-With files from the Canadian Press