10/11/2011 06:11 EDT | Updated 12/11/2011 05:12 EST

PEI Election Results: Darlene Compton Asks For Recount

CHARLOTTETOWN - A Conservative candidate in the last week's Prince Edward Island election is asking for a judicial recount of the votes cast in her district.

Darlene Compton said Tuesday she will officially ask for a recount of the Belfast-Murray River riding votes.

After the initial count on Oct. 3, Liberal backbencher Charlie McGeoghegan held onto his seat in the riding by only eight votes while Compton came in a close second with 1,124 votes.

Compton said she owes it to her campaign to have the votes checked, though she's doubtful of a different result.

Tuesday was "determination day" at Elections P.E.I., the day on which the returning officer adds up the votes on the statements filed by each polling booth.

Elections P.E.I. does not automatically perform recounts, no matter how close the result may be. But any candidate may apply for a recount within four days of determination day.

They must pay $200 as security for the costs of the recount, and the recount must take place before the chief judge of provincial court.

(Charlottetown Guardian)