First estimate of advance poll turnout for the Ottawa West-Nepean by-election

TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - Six days of advance poll voting concluded last week for the March 4 by-election in the Electoral District of Ottawa West-Nepean. Preliminary numbers indicate that 2,271 electors cast their ballot at one of the 4 advance polls this past week.

The Election Act prescribes 13 days of advance poll voting for a fixed date general election, and six days for a by-election. In the 2007 General Election, 4,775 electors in the Electoral District of Ottawa West-Nepean chose to vote over 13 days of Advance Polls.

"The number of advance poll users suggests that the people of Ontario want a system that is flexible and responsive," said Greg Essensa, Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer. "Advance polls are a convenient option for the many Ontarians who wish to vote but are unable to do so on Election Day."

Election Day in the Electoral District of Ottawa West-Nepean is March 4. Polls are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call the local returning office at 1-866-532-3157.

Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.

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