SCHOOL GENERAL ELECTIONS ARE SCHEDULED IN QUEBEC ON NOVEMBER 4, 2007



    QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Pursuant to the Act Respecting
School Elections, general elections will take place on Sunday, November 4,
2007, in 60 French language school boards and nine English language school
boards in Québec. About 5,000,000 French language electors and 300,000 English
language electors will be called to vote in these elections.

    Here are some key dates for the election:
    
    - Start of election period:          September 21, 2007

    - Nomination papers:                 September 25th to September 30th, at
                                         5 p.m.

    - Period to request a modification
       of the list of electors:          October 6 to 16, 2007

    - Advance poll:                      October 28, 2007

    - Polling day:                       November 4, 2007

    The rules concerning the financing of candidates and the control of
election expenses apply during the entire 45-day duration of the election
period.

    Opting to Vote in the English language Sector

    School elections are unique in that, in certain cases, electors may opt to
vote in electing commissioners of the English language school board where they
reside.
    In general, parents exercise their voting right in the school board where
their children are attending primary or secondary school. An elector who does
not have a child in school in the current academic year may, nevertheless,
exercise his option to vote in the English language school board where his
domicile is located. An elector whose child is admitted in an English language
school board may continue to vote in this school board even if he no longer
has a child admitted in the English language school board.
    The option to vote in the English language sector must be made latest
October 16, 2007, which represents the end of the period reserved for
requesting a modification of the list of electors.

    Domiciliary Voting

    Persons who are unable to move about and who are domiciled in a
residential and long-term care centre or a retirement home identified in the
register prepared pursuant to the Act Respecting Health Services and Social
Services can now register on the list of electors, request corrections and
vote in their domicile. They simply have to apply to the returning officer of
the school board latest October 16, 2007.

    Responsibility for School Elections

    It is worth noting that the person in charge of the election is the
current returning officer of the school board, who can request the assistance
of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec if he deems it necessary. The main
responsibility of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, pursuant to the Act
Respecting School Elections, is to administer the part of the Act concerning
the financing of candidates and the control of election expenses.
    Because he would like to support school elections that represent a
democratic exercise, the Chief Electoral Officer also disseminates information
to electors and provides training to candidates regarding financing. Media
representatives can also obtain information regarding the current school
general elections by consulting the special section that the office of the
Chief Electoral Officer has set up on its Website, at
www.electionsquebec.qc.ca.
    Electors who have questions can call the Chief Electoral Officer's Info
Centre by dialing one of the following numbers.

    By phone:       418-528-0422 - Québec City region
                    1 888 ELECTION (1 888 353-2846) - outside Québec City
                    1 800 537-0644 (for the hearing impaired)
    
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For further information:

For further information: Denis Dion, Information Officer,
ddion@dgeq.qc.ca

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