Polls close in P.E.I.'s deferred election, PCs lead advance polls
Polls are now closed in the deferred election in Prince Edward Island's District 9 Charlottetown–Hillsborough Park, where Progressive-Conservative candidate Natalie Jameson is leading the first few polls with almost 44.9 per cent of the popular vote, or 721 votes.
The next closest is Liberal Karen Lavers with 434, then Green John Andrew with 424 votes. Gordon Gay with the NDP trails with 28 votes.
Elections P.E.I. says a total of 2,476 voted in the election, for a turnout of 60.39 per cent. Thirty-four per cent of eligible voters cast their ballot during advance polls.
The winner will be the 27th member of the P.E.I. Legislature. The vote in the district was deferred from the April 23 election after Green candidate Josh Underhay, 35, died in a canoeing accident with his six-year-old son Oliver on the Hillsborough River on April 19.
The Greens and also the PCs put forward new candidates, while the Liberals and NDP kept those they had declared prior to the election being deferred.
Polls closed at the Malcolm J. Darrach Community Centre in Charlottetown at 7 p.m.
The April 23 election resulted in the first minority government in P.E.I. history. The PCs won the most seats with 12, the Greens eight, and the Liberals six. Whatever the result of the District 9 election, the balance of power in the legislature will not change.