Statement from Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer Regarding the Whitby-Oshawa Provincial By-election

TORONTO, Feb. 12, 2016 /CNW/ - Voting in the Whitby-Oshawa provincial by-election concluded on Thursday February 11, 2016. Over 655 poll officials assisted voters at the polls and results were delivered for 10 candidates.

Preliminary and unofficial results currently indicate that 28.89% of eligible voters in the electoral district of Whitby-Oshawa cast their ballot. By comparison, 54.4% of eligible voters during the 2014 General Election cast their ballot in the electoral district of Whitby-Oshawa. This includes those who voted at advance polls, by special ballot and on Election Day.

Official tabulation will be commencing at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 12th and will conclude the same day. As part of the unofficial results, the number of declined, rejected and unmarked ballots will be available on the Elections Ontario website at

For more information on official tabulation [and judicial recounts], please access Elections Ontario's technical backgrounder entitled The Voting Process and Judicial Recounts at

In this by-election, Elections Ontario piloted a new poll model at 42 voting locations on Election Day. The new poll model was designed to save voters time at the poll, reduce staffing requirements and help to modernize the voting process in Ontario. In mid-April, Elections Ontario will be tabling a report to the Legislative Assembly evaluating the findings and making recommendations for the 2018 General Election.

For more information visit or call 1-888-668-8683 (TTY: 1-888-292-2312).

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

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SOURCE Elections Ontario

For further information: For media inquiries: Elections Ontario Media Relations, 416.212.6186 / 1.866.252.2152,

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