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Tie between two B.C. doctors forces second vote for leader of professional group

06/01/2015 09:17 EDT | Updated 06/01/2016 05:59 EDT
VANCOUVER - A recount of votes is forcing a second election for the president of the Doctors of B.C., only days after a winner was declared.

Dr. Brian Day was declared the winner last week by just one vote, but the group's CEO Allan Seckel says there was another vote that should have been counted.

That means day and Dr. Allan Ruddiman tied.

Seckel says a run-off vote will now be conducted between the two candidates between June 5 and 18.

Day founded the private Cambie clinic about two decades ago but came under fire in a 2012 audit for illegally charging patients for services.

He has since challenged the B.C. government in court, arguing that a Canada Health Act prohibition that prevents doctors from billing patients privately is a charter violation.