Frame Lake and Yellowknife North initial results stick after judicial recount

Kevin O'Reilly from his Facebook page

Kevin O’Reilly has retained his Frame Lake MLA seat after a judicial recount in Yellowknife Wednesday morning.

O’Reilly, the left-leaning incumbent, defeated the more pro-business David Ramsay by just 11 votes on election night last week.

NWT Chief Electoral Officer Nicole Latour told CKLB that the recount numbers were exactly the same as they were on election night.

That was inside the two per cent margin of victory which meant an automatic, mandatory recount.

Elections NWT officials and Judge Shannon Smallwood closely oversaw the recount which was held in a Supreme Court courtroom.

The returning officer recounted the ballots at a table and then showed the candidates and their agents across the table each ballot as it was recounted.

The public was not allowed inside the courtroom for the recount but the media was.

The second and final recount is being held for the Yellowknife North District Wednesday afternoon.

The second and final recount for Yellowknife North was held in the afternoon. It saw Rylund Johnson confirmed as the winner by a six-vote margin over incumbent Cory Vanthuyne.

Johnson won by 503 votes to 497, an increase of one to the five-vote unofficial margin published last week.

MLAs for the 19th Legislative Assembly of the NWT are scheduled to be sworn in Friday morning in Yellowknife.

(With files from Josh Campbell)

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.