Judicial recount confirms Devinder Toor won Calgary-Falconridge

A ballot recount has confirmed that the United Conservative Party candidate received the most votes in a tight Alberta election race in Calgary — but by a slightly slimmer margin than the original tally.

The first count had the UCP’s Devinder Toor winning the Calgary-Falconridge seat by just 96 votes.

The NDP contender, Parmeet Singh Boparai, asked for a judicial recount because the margin was so slim.

Drew Westwater, Alberta’s deputy chief electoral officer, says the recount determined that 91 more votes were cast for Toor of the UCP — five less than originally recorded.

The numbers were certified by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Michele Hollins, who oversaw the recount in a Calgary courtroom on Tuesday.

Elections officials painstakingly counted several boxes full of ballots by hand while the candidates and their lawyers looked on.