With the results now in, Megan Mitton is now ready to move forward and take on her new role as MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar.
Mitton's victory was confirmed by a judicial recount completed on Friday, with the results showing the numbers consistent with those reported by Elections NB on election night.
“Now that the recount has confirmed that I am MLA-elect, I can move forward with setting up offices, holding community meetings, and continue the process of orientation in the Legislature,” said Mitton over the weekend.
Mitton, the riding's first Green Party MLA, won her seat by a mere 11 votes over incumbent Liberal MLA Bernard LeBlanc. Mitton had received 3,148 votes while LeBlanc brought in 3,137.
The recount, which was requested by LeBlanc and his brother, began Wednesday afternoon in a Moncton courtroom. A recount is automatically granted when requested in a riding where the margin of victory is within 25 votes.
"Recounts are one of the parts of a free and fair electoral process and I expected that there may be one given the election results,” said Mitton. “It was a long process that took several days. I'm grateful that they were able to finish the recount before the Thanksgiving long weekend. I knew that the electronic voting machines were reliable, but it was still a relief to have the results confirmed.”
Mitton said one of her first moves will be to resign from Sackville Town Council.
“It has been an honour to serve on council and I will use the knowledge and experience I gained in that role in order to better represent the riding on Memramcook-Tantramar in Fredericton."
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