Strong advance turnout for Calgary provincial byelection: electoral officer

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The Canadian Press

CALGARY: Alberta’s chief electoral officer says there was strong turnout at advance polls for Thursday’s Calgary byelection.

Glen Resler says 4,146 voters, or about 12 per cent of the electorate, cast ballots over four days last week in Calgary- Foothills.

That’s 84 more advance ballots than were cast in the May 5 provincial election.

It’s almost 1,200 more than in a byelection last fall won by then-premier Jim Prentice.

The seat most recently became vacant when Prentice resigned the night his Progressive Conservatives were defeated by Rachel Notley’s New Democrats.

There are seven candidates running for a chance to sit in the legislature.

They include former Calgary councillor and one-time MLA Bob Hawkesworth for the NDP, businessman Blair Houston for the PCs and oil executive Prasad Panda for the Wildrose.

 

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