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Official Election Results Released

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 (Halifax, NS) – Today the HRM Returning Officer announced that official results have declared Bill Karsten, and not Jackie Barkhouse, the winner for the seat of HRM Council District 3 Dartmouth South - Eastern Passage.

In conducting the requirement of the Municipal Elections Act (MEA) for the Returning Officer to review and confirm the official results, a discrepancy was discovered in the results called in on Saturday evening from one poll in District 3.

The official review of the poll results was conducted this morning at 10 a.m. with the candidates from District 3 present for that review.

Mellett, the Returning Officer noted, “The stringent requirements of the Elections Act are in place to ensure that the will of the voters is carried out and that, upon official review of all poll books, the official results are correct and reliable. She noted that, “Today the integrity and transparency of that electoral process was demonstrated under difficult circumstances for everyone involved." It would be expected that a judicial recount will be requested.

Official results for all races and districts have been posted and are available at  


Cathy J. Mellett

HRM Returning Officer



Election Office (main line)





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