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Oppal and Wyse fall behind as vote counting continues

VICTORIA - Continued counting has overturned the election results in two British Columbia constituencies, with the B.C. Liberal Party's Attorney General Wally Oppal and the New Democratic Party's Charlie Wyse now trailing challengers.

Oppal is 13 votes behind independent candidate Vicki Huntington in Delta South, according to a 2:15 p.m. announcement from Elections B.C.. There were still 918 absentee ballots to be counted.

On election night Oppal declared victory with a three-vote lead, but correcting “errors made by voting officials” has given Huntington the advantage.

Wyse had a 23-vote lead on election night in Cariboo-Chilcotin, but now trails Liberal Donna Barnett by 58 votes.

After the final count concludes May 27, including all the absentee ballots, there will automatically be a judicial recount in any constituency where the first two candidates are separated by fewer than 0.2 percent of the total ballots.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.

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