National MP confirmed in Christchurch Central

National MP Nicky Wagner has been confirmed as the winner of the Christchurch Central seat after the result of a judicial recount.

Last Saturday's official result had Ms Wagner ahead of Labour's Brendon Burns by 45 votes. Mr Burns requested a recount and the result, released today gave Ms Wagner an increased winning margin of 47 votes.

Neither Ms Wagner or Mr Burns were immediately available for comment. Mr Burns may still lodge an election petition in the High Court, but he has previously said he was not considering that at this time.

The recount was brought as a result of an application filed by Mr Burns on 12 December.

It was conducted under the direction of a District Court Judge on 13 December at the headquarters of the Returning Officer for the Christchurch Central electorate in the presence of candidate scrutineers.

The result of a recount for the seat of Waitakere is still pending. On Saturday's result Labour's Carmel Sepuloni won the seat by 11 votes ahead of National's Paula Bennett.

The final Christchurch Central count is:

WAGNER, Nicky (National): 12,064

BURNS, Brendon (Labour): 12,017

MOORHOUSE, David (Green Party): 2321

COOKE, Michael (Conservative Party): 439

CHANDLER, Luke (Independent): 138

SEVERIN, Toni: (ACT New Zealand): 110


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