Nechako Elementary student Robert Millar-Jackson casts his vote. Photo Gerry Leibel

Kitimat students gave Bidgood the thumbs up

They may not count towards who won the election, but nevertheless votes cast by students at four schools in Kitimat put Bruce Bidgood’s B.C. NDP party in the lead.

Students from Kildala Elementary, Nechako Elementary, St. Anthony’s Catholic Elementary and Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 B.C. election.

The results – of the 369 students that voted in the run-up to the official voting day on May 9 at the four schools, Bidgood came out tops, with 56 per cent of the vote.

In second was B.C. Liberal’s candidate Ellis Ross, with 39.5 per cent of the vote, followed by Merv Ritchie of the Land Air Water (The L.A.W) party, with 4.4 per cent of the vote.

More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program across the province.

On Tuesday afternoon, 1,092 schools had reported their election results, representing all 87 electoral districts in the province.

In total, 170,238 ballots were cast by student voters, which included 163,923 valid votes and 6,315 rejected votes.