NDP candidate Mintu Sandhu will be the new MLA for The Maples.
Around 11 p.m. Sandhu, the general manager of Unicity Taxi, was named the winner with 39.6 per cent of the vote with 25 of 36 polls reporting, ahead of Liberal Deep Brar and Tory candidate Amanjot Sandhu.
After a late vote count slowed by thousands of advance ballots, Sandhu’s campaign officials said they had received enough information about advance ballots to state he had won.
The announcement was made midst exuberant cheers at the bustling Keewatin St. campaign office he shared with candidates Ted Marcelino (Tyndall Park) and Diljeet Brar (Burrows).
"We heard on the doorstep that health care is the number one issue," Sandhu told the crowd. "And we will take that fight to Brian Pallister."
There was no incumbent. The seat was formerly held since 2007 by Mohinder Saran, a longtime MLA who was booted from the NDP in 2017 following sexual harassment allegations.
The Maples is one of the most diverse ridings in Manitoba. Over half its residents identified as immigrants in 2018.