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NDP win majority, Greens take eight seats in student vote

The students of British Columbia have spoken -- and they've elected an NDP government.

Student Vote BC is part of a nation-wide election program for students under the legal voting age. Each student vote coincides with official election periods in Canada.

In B.C. this year, 666 schools representing all 85 ridings registered. Nearly 100,000 students cast a ballot.

The votes were tallied this afternoon, and here are the results:

The NDP won 53 seats, capturing 38.55 per cent of the popular vote.

The Liberals took 20 seats and 28.09 per cent of the popular vote (Premier Christy Clark was defeated in her Vancouver-Point Grey riding by NDP challenger David Eby).

The Green Party won 8 seats and 17.28 per cent of the popular vote. The BC Conservative party took 8.5 per cent of the popular vote but won no seats.

Four independent candidates won their seats including John Van Dongen (Abbotsford South), Bob Simpson (Cariboo North), Vicki Huntington (Delta South) and Arthur Austin Hadland (Peace River North).

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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