Press release no. 14 - April 7, 2014 general election - 815 candidates will be running in the April 7 general election

QUEBEC CITY, March 22, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - In preparation for the upcoming September 4th general election, Mr. Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, announces that after the period for filing nomination papers, which ended  at 2 p.m. today, 815 nomination papers have been accepted in the 125 electoral divisions of Québec. In comparison, 894 candidates ran in the 2012 general election. Consequently, there are 79 candidates less than in the last election.

The number of nomination papers accepted is broken down as follows:

Political parties or independent candidates Number of candidates
Bloc pot 14
Coalition avenir Québec - L'équipe François Legault 122
Équipe Adrien Pouliot - Parti conservateur du Québec 60
Équipe autonomiste 5
Mon pays le Québec 6
Option nationale - Pour l'indépendance du Québec 116
Parti des sans parti 5
Parti équitable 5
Parti indépendantiste 1
Parti libéral du Québec/Quebec Liberal Party 125
Parti marxiste-léniniste du Québec 24
Parti nul 24
Parti québécois 124
Parti unité nationale 3
Parti vert du Québec/Green Party of Québec 44
Québec - Révolution démocratique 1
Québec solidaire 124
Union citoyenne du Québec / Québec Citizens' Union 1
Candidats indépendants ou sans désignation 11

It should be pointed out that independent candidates and candidates with no political affiliation have one thing in common: they do not belong to any political party. The difference between these two categories of candidates, however, is that on the ballot, the names of the former are followed by the term "independent", whereas the names of candidates with no political affiliation have no term associated with them.

Furthermore, the number of candidates may vary according to the electoral division.  The table below shows the number of electoral divisions that have between 4 and 9 candidates.

Number of candidates Number of electoral divisions
4 1
5 23
6 44
7 32
8 17
9 8

Profile of candidates

The average age of candidates is 43 years. It is in the 18 to 29 age bracket that the most candidates are found, namely 190, a number that represents 23,3% of all candidates. The 50 to 59 age bracket is the second most represented group with 186 candidates, namely 28,8% of the total.

Moreover, with 241 candidates, women account for 29,6% of the candidates, which is slightly higher than the percentage of 28,4% obtained during the September 4, 2012 election. Women represent 23% of the candidates of the Coalition avenir Québec- L'Équipe François Legault, 28% of the candidates of the Liberal Party and 37,1% of the candidates of the Parti québécois. Québec solidaire is the party with the highest number of female candidates with 50%. 16 electoral divisions will have more names of women than men on their ballots. Finally, there are no female candidates in 15 electoral divisions.

The list of candidates in each electoral division can be consulted by clicking on "Search candidates" (right side of the home page) on the Website of the Chief Electoral Officer at the following address: www.monvote.qc.ca. Moreover, Statistics on the candidates, which provide more information on the profile of the candidates, are available by clicking on the icon bearing this title, on the right side of the home page.

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SOURCE Directeur général des élections

For further information:

Stéphanie Isabel
Information Officer
418 644-3320 or 1 888 870-3320
cgagnon@dgeq.qc.ca