A Supreme Court of Nova Scotia judge has ordered a new election for the African Nova Scotia seat on the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

Justice Ted Scanlan, in a decision dated last Thursday, said the Oct. 18 election was to “be declared void and a new election to elect the African Nova Scotian member ... shall be held as soon as such can be arranged by the responsible parties.”

Shirley Robinson-Levering, who lost the election by a handful of votes to incumbent Elizabeth Paris, made the court application after discovering irregularities about who was able to vote.


The seat represents African Nova Scotian students from the New Brunswick border east to the Pictou-Antigonish county line and south to the Hants-Halifax county lines.

In order to be eligible to vote, people must have been an African Nova Scotian or the parent of an African Nova Scotian.

No date has been set for the election but both Robinson-Levering and Paris confirm they will seek the seat.

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