As calls for a recount of the ballots in the New Brunswick election grow there are new demands for resignations following Monday night’s vote count confusion. Elections New Brunswick is hoping the release of official election results will silence the skeptics, but some politicians say a hand recount is the only way to restore confidence. “There should be a recount. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it,” says outgoing Public Safety Minister Bruce Northrup. New Brunswick’s chief electoral officer, Michael Quinn, insists the election results are accurate, despite tabulation troubles. “Something has to be done there and it’s gotta be done right. I think all 49 ridings have to be redone.” Elections New Brunswick confirmed there were issues with the electronic tabulating system, which was being used for the first time in the provincial election. Later, it was determined that some of the results being entered manually were not being replaced properly by subsequent results coming in from memory cards.
Elections New Brunswick insists the results are accurate, despite the tabulation troubles, but Northrup is asking for the chief electoral officer’s resignation.
“I just think that he’s responsible for Elections New Brunswick and it was just a disaster Monday night and still a disaster today so I think he should resign,” says Northrup. “Mr. Northrup should keep things in perspective. What has happened here is a delay in posting correct election results on election night, not a failure to tabulate election results incorrectly,” said chief electoral officer Michael Quinn in a statement to CTV News.