Elections Canada

Elections Canada

December 21, 2007 15:48 ET

Elections Canada Issues Writs of By-election in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, Toronto Centre, Vancouver Quadra and Willowdale

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2007) - The writs of by-election were issued today by Elections Canada for federal by-elections to be held on Monday, March 17, 2008, in the electoral districts of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River (Saskatchewan), Toronto Centre (Ontario), Vancouver Quadra (British Columbia) and Willowdale (Ontario) to fill vacancies in the House of Commons.

The returning officers will mail a voter information card to all registered electors in the electoral districts by Friday, February 22, 2008. Any elector who needs to change the information on his or her voter information card should contact the local Elections Canada office.

To vote in a by-election, an individual must be a Canadian citizen who has reached the age of 18 by election day. For the by-elections of March 17, 2008, an elector's address of ordinary residence must be in the electoral district from the first day of revision of the lists of electors, Wednesday, February 13, 2008, until election day, Monday, March 17, 2008.

Elections Canada reminds electors that they have the option to vote by mail or in person at their local Elections Canada office if they apply to do so by 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Electors can obtain an application form from their local Elections Canada office, by calling Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868 or by going to www.elections.ca and clicking on the "2008 By-elections" icon.

"Voting is a fundamental right in Canada and I urge all qualified electors who reside in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, Toronto Centre, Vancouver Quadra and Willowdale to take advantage of the many options available to them for casting their ballots in these by-elections," said Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada.

To see results for the electoral districts of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, Toronto Centre, Vancouver Quadra and Willowdale at the general election of January 23, 2006, go to www.elections.ca - Past Elections.

Federal by-elections will be held in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, Toronto Centre, Vancouver Quadra and Willowdaale on Monday, March 17, 2008.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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