Manitoba goes to the polls


Voters in the Canadian province of Manitoba go to the polls today to vote for a new Legislative Assembly with 57 seats.

In the 2011 election the New Democratic Party (NDP) won 37 of the 57 seats with 46.16% of the vote. The Progressive Conservatives of Manitoba (PC) came second with 19 seats and 43.71%. The liberals won one seat and 7.52% of the vote.

If the NDP win today this will be their fifth consecutive term in office although opinion polls suggest that the Progressive Conservatives lead the NDP by 53% to 28% with the Liberals on 10% and the Greens on seven percent. If the polls are correct then the Progressive Conservatives could win with around 45 seats unseating the NDP who have been in power since 1999.

There are 223 candidates standing in the election and turnout for advance voting which took place between 9th and 16th April was up from 78,00 in 2011 to 109,078 in this election. Polling stations are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time for the approximately 680,000 eligible voters.

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