QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - With the approach of the Québec school
board elections, set for November 4 of this year, the Minister of Education,
Recreation and Sports, Michelle Courchesne, would like to remind voters of how
important it is for them to exercise their right to vote and thereby
participate in Québec democracy.
    This year, 1812 people declared their candidacy for positions in 69
school boards. This represents 70 candidates more than in the last general
election, which took place in 2003.
    September 30, 2007, marked the end of the nomination period for this
year's elections. On that date, 877 candidates were elected unopposed. On
November 4, voters will cast their ballots in 415 of Québec's 1305 school
electoral districts. Thirteen positions will be filled at a later date, owing
to a lack of candidates.
    Of the total number of candidates, 45.25% are women and 54.75% men. The
average age of both is just over 49. Moreover, in 2007, 18 electoral teams
have been recognized by the electoral chairs, compared with 12 in 2003. This
is encouraging since the high number of candidates will enable more voters to
exercise their right to vote.

    Please keep in mind that school board elections do not concern only
parents and property owners. All those who have reached the voting age are
entitled to avail themselves of this right.
    To find out where you must go to vote, please contact your school board.
    -%SU: EDU,CPN
    -%RE: 1

For further information:

For further information: Stéphanie Tremblay, Information officer,
Ministère de l'Education, du Loisir et du Sport, (418) 528-2265, extension
3075; Claudie St-Hilaire, Ministère de l'Education, du Loisir et du Sport,
(418) 643-7498, extension 2372; Source: Jean-Pascal Bernier, Attaché de presse
de la ministre de l'Education, du Loisir et du Sport et ministre de la
Famille, (418) 644-0664

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