Recount of ballots under way in Turks & Caicos

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands (AP) — Authorities in the British territory of the Turks & Caicos Islands are recounting paper ballots for elections to resume local administration.

Election officials say Rufus Ewing and his Progressive Liberal Party won an 8-7 victory in Friday's parliamentary elections and will lead the new government after three years of direct rule by Britain.

But People's Democratic Movement leader Oswald Skippings pushed for a recount. Election officials say Skippings failed to win a seat.

On Monday, the ballots were being recounted at a church hall in Grand Turk. The ballots have been stored at a police station since the tally was announced Saturday.

It was not clear how long it will take before officials certify the results.

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