Judicial recount upholds Placentia election result

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Wayne Power declared mayor with four-vote margin over Bernard Power

A judicial recount has upheld Wayne Power as the new mayor of Placentia.

It took two days to recount the ballots cast in the Sept. 24 election, but when the counting was finished Friday afternoon at St. John’s provincial court, Judge James Walsh had found 970 votes for Wayne Power and 966 votes for former councillor Bernard Power (no relation), the same tally after the first recount after the election, a recount triggered when election day results had Wayne Power winning by an even slimmer two-vote margin.

During the judicial recount, Bernard Power said there had been procedural problems on election day, which Walsh said would be a matter for the Supreme Court if Bernard Power wishes to challenge the results again.

On Friday following the completion of the judicial recount, Wayne Power said he was happy with the result.

“Glad to have it over with now and return to Placentia to continue to be the mayor of the community,” he said. “Our top priority is to look after our infrastructure needs when it comes to water, most importantly, and then continue to take advantage of the opportunities coming our way with industry development.”

dmaceachern@thetelegram.com

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Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: Placentia

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