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|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly|
for Nanaimo and the Islands
|Preceded by||George Sharratt Pearson|
|Succeeded by||Earle Cathers Westwood|
|Born||March 10, 1905|
Ladysmith, British Columbia
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Larry Giovando also known formally as Lorenzo Giovando (born March 10, 1905) was twice MLA in British Columbia's Legislative Assembly for the Conservative Party of British Columbia for the seat of Nanaimo and the Islands. His 1952 and 1953 victories are examples of how the Instant runoff voting of how the IRV system works to allow ensure that a majority find the candidate acceptable.
In the provincial election of 1952, on the first ballot he received only 3346 votes (31.9%) to CCF candidate Daniel Stupich's 3715 (35.4%), but since Stupich failed to receive a majority, the election was decided by "instant run-off" whereby the top two candidates received votes from the third and fourth place Liberal and Social Credit candidates. When these votes were redistributed, Giovando emerged the winner 5144 (52.9%) to 4581 (47.1%).
The results of the 1953 election continued in the same vein as Giovando polled only 2,046 votes (20.8%) in the first ballot but managed 4,376 (50.1%) on the second, against Stupich's 3,631 (37.0%) on the first and 4,358 (49.9%) on the second. It was the only seat the PCs would win in that election, and they would cease to be an electoral entity thereafter.