Defeated Holyrood mayoral candidate asks for recount to satisfy campaign workers

Staff ~ The Telegram
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A defeated mayoral candidate in Holyrood, who lost by nine votes this past Tuesday, has decided to ask for a recount after all.
Mark Lane originally said the people had spoken and he wouldn't contest the results.
Lane told The Telegram Friday that even though he doesn't think the outcome of the election will change, many who worked on his campaign wanted to have the results verified.
Because of the rules in the Municipal Elections Act, Lane is the only one who can request a recount because he was the losing candidate.
He would like the act changed so citizens can ask for a recount and also to remove the clause which allows a random winner to be drawn from a hat.
Lane said if the recount shows he is the mayor of Holyrood he will accept the job.
But he wanted to make it clear that he's only asking for the recount to satisfy people who worked on his campaign, or voted for him, who want to make sure the proper winner was declared.

Geographic location: Holyrood

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  • John
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I have been watching this election and after hearing the setup last night on openline by a campaign worker who don't even live in Holyrood I knew this was coming today.

    I guess the Paradise fiasco has set off a chain reaction through the municipalities.

    When you have a small voter turnout and loses with a margain of 9 or 10 you are wasting peoples time and becoming a soar loser which will gt you in the end.

  • Mun Poli Sci
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Recounts are fine in tight races.

    Breaking a tied vote with a draw from a hat is not democracy.

    It's embarrassing, like our democratic institutions are run by a bunch of mall security cops. No one takes them seriously.

  • Wait...
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Where is the Provincial MHA's on these election issues? Was it not the Province and behind closed doors that came up with these laws years ago that no one bothered to review till they were called into action?

    Call you MHA and demand that all current and future laws and legislation go to the public for open and free votes. The minority dictating what becomes law only serves the few, not the many. These are laws we are all bound by, and not being given the chance to voice our say is no better than living in China.

    Even the name Premier is used by the communist Chinese.

    Is that what we really are?

  • John
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    I have been watching this election and after hearing the setup last night on openline by a campaign worker who don't even live in Holyrood I knew this was coming today.

    I guess the Paradise fiasco has set off a chain reaction through the municipalities.

    When you have a small voter turnout and loses with a margain of 9 or 10 you are wasting peoples time and becoming a soar loser which will gt you in the end.

  • Mun Poli Sci
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    Recounts are fine in tight races.

    Breaking a tied vote with a draw from a hat is not democracy.

    It's embarrassing, like our democratic institutions are run by a bunch of mall security cops. No one takes them seriously.

  • Wait...
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Where is the Provincial MHA's on these election issues? Was it not the Province and behind closed doors that came up with these laws years ago that no one bothered to review till they were called into action?

    Call you MHA and demand that all current and future laws and legislation go to the public for open and free votes. The minority dictating what becomes law only serves the few, not the many. These are laws we are all bound by, and not being given the chance to voice our say is no better than living in China.

    Even the name Premier is used by the communist Chinese.

    Is that what we really are?