Recounts ordered in B.C., Quebec ridings after narrow federal election results

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Three recounts will take place in ridings where the runners-up are hoping a court-ordered review could snatch victory from the jaws of ever-so-narrow defeat.

Courts in Quebec and British Columbia have made the orders days after hearing challenges to the results of the Oct. 21 vote.

The first recount will take place next week in the B.C. riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam, where NDP hopeful Bonita Zarrillo lost to Conservative Nelly Shin by just 153 votes.

The New Democrats argued that there were 516 rejected ballots, an unusually high number, along with evidence of a counting error in one poll and more than 250 unaccounted ballots. 

Combined, the party believed a judicial review was warranted.

Elections Canada says the recount will take place on Nov. 6, with the results to be published online once complete.

A second recount is being set up for the Montreal riding of Hochelaga, where Liberal Soraya Martinez Ferrada bested Bloc candidate Simon Marchand by 328 votes.