Editors Note: Voting time has been extended to 9:45am due to technical difficulties with online voting. Still time to Vote!EXTENDED AGAIN TILL 10:15am KEEP TRYING!
It was not completely unexpected but it was a huge victory for Skeena Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen as the first ballot results were read out at 7 am pst at the NDP leadership convention.
The perceived front runner, Thomas Mulcair received just over 30% (19,728) of the votes cast, Brian Topp received 21.4% (13,915) and Cullen received 16.4% (10,671).
The full list is;
Mulcair -30.3% - 19, 728
Topp - 21.4% - 13,915
Cullen - 16.4% - 10,671
Peggy Nash - 12.8% - 8,353
Paul Dewar - 7.5% - 4,883
Martin Singh - 5.9% - 3,821
Niki Ashton - 5.7% - 3,737
Less than 50% of the 131,000 registered NDP members took the opportunity to vote on this first ballot.
As per the rules, Ashton was dropped from the second ballot. Singh and Dewar both willing dropped their names right after the count was announced.
The voting will continue until one candidate reaches over 50% of the votes cast.
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