Elections Canada

Elections Canada

October 04, 2009 17:12 ET

Federal By-elections Underway

Elections Canada issues writs of by-election for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley (Nova Scotia), Hochelaga (Quebec), Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Riviere-du-Loup (Quebec) and New Westminster-Coquitlam (British Columbia)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2009) -

- The writs of by-election were issued today by Elections Canada for four federal by-elections to be held on Monday, November 9, 2009, in the electoral districts of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley (Nova Scotia), Hochelaga (Quebec), Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Riviere-du-Loup (Quebec) and New Westminster-Coquitlam (British Columbia) to fill vacancies in the House of Commons.

- Local Elections Canada offices in the four by-election districts are in the process of being opened.

- All Canadian citizens in those districts who are at least 18 years of age on election day are eligible to vote. To vote in a federal by-election, 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, October 7, 2009, until election day, Monday, November 9, 2009.

- Electors in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, Hochelaga, Montmagny-L'Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup and New Westminster-Coquitlam will be able to vote at advance polls on Friday, October 30, Saturday, October 31 and Monday, November 2, 2009; on election day; or by special ballot. Electors who wish to vote by special ballot must apply for their special voting kit no later than 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, November 3, 2009. Applications are available at www.elections.ca, by phone or in person at Elections Canada offices and Canadian diplomatic missions.

"Elections Canada continues to increase the accessibility of the electoral process by offering Canadians flexibility in how and when they can vote," says Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

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