Recount confirms two victories for Projet Montreal in Cote-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grace
MONTREAL -- A judicial recount confirms Projet Montreal candidate Gracia Kasoki Katahwa has been elected borough mayor of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
The recount was requested by the opposition after Kasoki Katahwa defeated Lionel Perez by 212 votes in the recent municipal election.
After the recount, she won by an even slimmer margin by 161 votes.
Meantime, Despina Sourias has been sworn in as a Loyola district city councillor following a recount requested by rival party Ensemble Montreal, which lost the riding by just 97 votes on Montreal’s election day.
With fewer than 8,000 ballots cast, it was Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce’s (CDN-NDG) tightest race.
They were two of four recounts requested by Ensemble Montreal in CDN-NDG and Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles. In all four of those races, Projet Montreal edged out Ensemble Montreal's candidate by a slim margin, in one case by only 13 votes.
The courts granted the party's request last week, and the recounts began on Monday.
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante celebrated the results on social media Wednesday, sharing an image of the councillor signing the big book to confirm her victory.
“It's official: Despina Sourias is joining us!” the mayor wrote. “Welcome to the team, Despina!”