05/15/2015 02:22 EDT | Updated 05/15/2016 05:59 EDT

Calgary-Glenmore Recount Goes To NDP


CALGARY - Make that 54 NDP ridings in Alberta.

The party has added another seat to its already comfortable majority after an Elections Alberta official recount which shows the party won Calgary-Glenmore.

On election night, Progressive Conservative incumbent Linda Johnson and NDP challenger Anam Kazim each ended up with 7,015 votes.

The official results released Friday show Kazim had 7,018 votes, six more than Johnson.

Kazim, who has a master's degree in chemical and environmental engineering, said she is holding off celebrating.

"Based on the results of today I am the winner for now," Kazim said.

"But at the same time the other party has the chance to appeal the results and request a judicial review. They have the next eight business days to consider that decision."

Outgoing Premier Jim Prentice was still listed as the official winner in Calgary-Foothills, even though he immediately resigned on May 5 after the PC party's devastating loss.

Elections Alberta said Prentice has not yet submitted written notice of his intention to step down in the riding. Once that happens, incoming premier Rachel Notley must call a byelection within six months.

Kazim's victory gives the NDP 15 seats in Calgary and raises the number of women in the party caucus to 26.

The official results show the Wildrose won 21 seats. The PC's have 10 seats, and the Alberta Party and Alberta Liberals one each.

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