05/26/2016 16:48 EDT | Updated 05/27/2017 01:12 EDT

NDP nominate candidate for provincial byelection

TORONTO — The Ontario NDP has nominated its candidate for a byelection in an east Toronto riding.

Neethan Shan is the executive director for the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and a public school trustee.

The Scarborough-Rouge River seat has been vacant since Liberal backbencher Bas Balkissoon abruptly resigned in March.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has six months to call a byelection to replace Balkissoon, but no date has yet been set for the vote.