By Julie Gordon
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Three days after Canada’s federal election, the final tally of seats remained unclear on Thursday, with mail-in ballots still being counted in some regions and at least one electoral district facing an automatic recount.
The Liberals, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were given a minority mandate late Monday. This was in an election which ended with the number of seats held by all major parties almost equal to the time before it was called.
A few remaining seats are too close to call as the nation’s election workers keep counting ballots. These close races will have no impact on overall outcomes.
Natasha Gauthier from Elections Canada stated that “we’re on track to have all the results within five day and the majority should be in before the end of today.”
Due to both coronavirus protocol and the fact votes are being counted localy while being closely monitored by party representatives, it is taking some time for the count.
A Liberal spokesperson said Trudeau would not talk to the media until all results have been announced.
The Liberals had won or led in 158 out of 338 seats as of Thursday, 1730 GMT (1730 EDT). The Conservatives, who are the official opposition to the government, were in the lead in 119. New Democrats (left-leaning) was in 25 while the Greens had only two. Bloc Quebecois was expected to win 34.
Graphic: Canada’s provisional election results: https://graphics.reuters.com/CANADA-ELECTION/RESULTS/znpneblrevl/chart.png
One electoral district faces an automatic recount, which occurs when the race is decided by less than 0.001% of all votes cast. Parties may also ask for recounts after the official count has been completed.
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