09/02/2015 06:51 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 05:59 EDT

Grace Batchoun's Appeal Rejected By Liberal Party

MONTREAL — A committee of the federal Liberal party has rejected an appeal from the runner-up for the nomination in a Montreal riding claimed by star candidate Melanie Joly.

The party's permanent appeal committee says in a statement it rejects Grace Batchoun's appeal, and confirms Joly's nomination.

The statement points out the committee operates independently, under its own rules, and its decisions are binding.

Batchoun lost to Joly, a lawyer and former Montreal mayoral candidate, in the hotly contested nomination in Ahuntsic-Cartierville. 

Joly won on the third ballot by 194 votes, but Batchoun argued in her appeal that she and her team found several irregularities.

Joly was an organizer on Trudeau's leadership campaign before a surprising second-place finish in the race for Montreal mayor in 2013.

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