Counting in Gaspé: the DGEQ launches an investigation

Dépouillement dans Gaspé: le DGEQ lance une enquête

GASPÉ – The Director general of elections of Quebec to investigate the counting of the vote in the district of Gaspé, where a judicial recount completed Tuesday overturned the results. The pq Méganne Perry Mélançon finally wins the victory by 41 votes, so that counting from the 1st October gave the liberal Alexander Boulay winner with 132 votes to advance.

“Each step of the count (…) will be reviewed in order to obtain clarification and to make the appropriate fixes,” says the Director general of elections by way of a press release.

“Questions are raised since the recount held yesterday [Wednesday] (…). First and foremost, I intend to get the answers to these questions and, in the light of the facts established, to undertake the necessary action. The integrity of the electoral process is the basis of our electoral system, and requires that we act with rigor and speed, ” said Peter Reid, the director general of elections in Quebec.

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By the evening of 1 October, the statement of the polls to the ballot box 61 gave his 194 votes in the liberal. The recount revealed that the box contained rather 79 votes in favour of the liberal, 74 for the pq, 25 for the caquiste Louis called to order and 15 for the solidarity Alexis Dumont Blanket.

The director of the poll in Gaspé, Yvan Landry, believes that it is “not at all” to be a fraud. “It’s a mistake to flat, there has been no wrongdoing,” he said.

The teller of the PQ and the secretary of the QLP had correctly counted the ballot papers. “The counting was correct. The error has been made in the transcript on the report,” says Mr. Landry.

The error was detected the evening of October 1st, “but it was too late, the ballot box was sealed,” says Mr. Landry. “I don’t see how they could be cheating, with the presence of the scrutineer of the PQ and the secretary of the liberal Party. There has been a chain of errors. “

The recount has also cut five votes to the candidate of the parti québecois in a ballot box containing votes cast in a hospital. A few other boxes have revealed errors from a voice in favour of one or the other candidate.

But if we exclude the box 61, this is of minor errors, said Mr. Landry. “If we did this review in all counties, it would be (of errors) “.

Reactions of candidates

The liberal Alexander Boulay had filed a request for investigation to the DGEQ Tuesday. “It is important that the DGEQ to understand what happened on the 1st of October so that such incidents do not happen again. My application is independent of the outcome of the vote. I would have kept this and even asked if I had been elected. It is for this reason that I filed before the recount court, ” said Mr. Boulay by text message.

The PQ did not wish to react to the announcement of an investigation. Moreover, Méganne Perry Mélançon said it was relieved at the outcome of the recount Wednesday night. “It’s reassuring for all the voters who have voted, not only in the box 61, but for all the other (…). The result is now indisputable. “

The candidate of the parti québecois had sought and obtained a judicial recount, citing the results of the box 61, which she thought were unlikely.

Thanks to the office of Ms. Perry Mélançon, the Parti québécois, became the second opposition to the place of Québec solidaire. The two parties now have ten members, but the PQ has got 38 000 votes more than QS in the province.

New member, 28-year-old, is in the process of completing a university degree in business administration. She is a former employee policy Gaétan Lelièvre, elected under the banner of the parti québecois in Gaspé in 2012 and 2014, which became independent in 2017 and which is not represented.

“I accept the results of the recount court with a lot of humility,” responded the liberal Alexander Boulay on Facebook. It is estimated that the recount was done ” in a rigorous, transparent and independent “.

“I get out of this experience with the head high and the feeling of having lost nothing,” said Mr. Boulay, who assures that “all (its) support,” Ms. Perry Mélançon, in its role as member of parliament for Gaspé.

Mr. Boulay, an engineer of 37 years, was on leave without pay from his position of director of the factory of wind turbine blades LM Wind Power in Gaspé, the time of the campaign.

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