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Counting of federal election mail ballots expected to continue until the weekend

Elections Canada said today that 12 ridings have not started counting mail ballots.
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Special ballot officers count special ballots from national, international, Canadian Forces, and incarcerated electors at Elections Canada's distribution centre in Ottawa on election night of the 44th Canadian general election, on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

The final federal election result may be delayed until the weekend — or even longer — because thousands of mail-in ballots have still to be counted.

Elections Canada said today that 12 ridings have not started counting mail ballots.

In two tight races in B.C. — in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Richmond Centre — postal votes could clinch the final result.

Officials were to start counting mail ballots this morning for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, a three-way battle between the NDP, Tories and Greens.

Votes tallied on election night suggest the NDP had a narrow lead in the riding.

Elections officials check mail-in ballots before starting to count them and ensure people have not voted twice.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2021.

The Canadian Press