Elections Ontario Provides Guidelines to Media for Coverage of October 10, 2007 General Election and Referendum

    Polls will close at 9 pm EDT (8 pm CDT) and referendum results will be
    tabulated following results of general election

    TORONTO, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - In preparation for Ontario's October 10, 2007
general election and referendum, Elections Ontario today announced guidelines
to assist media in communicating results to voters.
    At the same time, when voting in the provincial general election on
October 10, Ontario voters will also receive a referendum ballot to choose
between the existing electoral system, known as First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) or
the alternative electoral system proposed by the Citizens' Assembly Mixed
Member Proportional (MMP).
    Over 29,000 polling stations are scheduled to open throughout Ontario on
October 10 at 9 am EDT (8 am CST) and will close at 9 pm EDT (8 pm CDT). The
Election Act now requires polling places be open one hour longer than previous
Ontario elections and by-elections
    "Media support is a critical part of effective communications with
Ontario voters," says John Hollins, Chief Electoral Officer of Ontario. "This
year it is particularly important for media to consider in their planning for
October 10th results coverage that polling places are closing later than in
the past and that referendum results will not be counted until after the
general election results have been finalized."

    Election Results Reporting

    Live election results will be available on the Elections Ontario website:
www.elections.on.ca. The website will detail the number of votes cast for each
candidate, the cumulative totals and the number of polling places reporting in
each electoral district. Live results on polling night are unofficial.

    Referendum Results Reporting

    Please note that referendum ballots will be counted following the
completion of the counting of the election ballots. The Electoral System
Referendum Act, 2007, provides that election and referendum ballots must be
counted separately. For this reason, it is anticipated that referendum results
will not be available until the morning of October 11, 2007.
    Live referendum results will be available on the Elections Ontario
website: www.elections.on.ca. The website will detail the number of votes cast
for each referendum choice, the cumulative totals and the number of polling
places reporting. These results are unofficial.

    Close of polls

    News media representatives may be in attendance at local returning
offices at the close of polls on Election and Referendum day. Media are
advised to make arrangements with the local returning officer directly in

    Limits for still and video photography

    Media are also reminded that filming and photography are not permitted
inside polling places. Media representatives may film outside the voting
location provided this is done without interfering with electors' access to
the building.
    An exception has been allowed by the Chief Electoral Officer for media
who wish to obtain still or video photography of a candidate casting their
ballot. Candidates must make prior arrangements with the local returning
office to arrange for written consent to be provided for admission to a
polling place. Still/video cameras are not permitted in the polling place
without advance permission.
    Any media admitted to the polling place for the above purpose must be
aware that they are not to approach, film or photograph any other voters.

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

    Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Elections Ontario Media Relations: (416)
212-6186, 1-866-252-2152, media@elections.on.ca

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