Updated with links to additional coverage.
Conservative MP Ted Opitz will keep his Etobicoke Centre seat, as Canada's top court today upheld his narrow 2011 election victory despite apparent voting irregularities at several polling stations.
The court rejected a lower court decision in a challenge brought by former Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, who lost to Opitz by 26 votes.
But the Supreme Court said in a split decision Thursday that 59 of the 79 ballots rejected by the lower court judge should be restored, preserving Opitz's victory.
Given the length of time we've waited for a ruling, a split decision is what I expected. I'll try to update this post with links to additional coverage as I see them. The usual weekly roundup is still on for tomorrow.
Update for add'l coverage:
- CTV News: Opitz remains MP in hotly contested Ontario riding following SCC ruling
- Toronto Star: Conservative MP Ted Opitz to keep his seat in Etobicoke Centre, Supreme Court rules
- Globe and Mail: Supreme Court quashes challenge of disputed Etobicoke Centre election
- National Post: Conservative MP Ted Opitz keeps his seat in Etobicoke Centre after split Supreme Court ruling
- Accidental Deliberations: On positive precedents
- Inkless Wells: Supreme Court: the emerging don't-sweat-the-fine-print bloc
- Capital Diary - Macfarlane: Supreme Court makes the right call on election -- but only just
- Ottawa Citizen - Goldenberg: A victory for Canadian democracy
- CBC News: 9 voices on the Supreme Court election ruling