EDMONTON – If advance voting is any indication, the turn out for the Ward 12 byelection will be higher than a typical byelection.
When advance polls closed Thursday night, 3,721 residents had cast a ballot.
“It was a good turnout and so we are hoping for healthy participation on Election Day,” Laura Kennedy, returning officer, said.
There are 32 candidates running to replace Amarjeet Sohi in the southeast Edmonton ward after Sohi was elected as Member of Parliament for Edmonton Mill Woods in October. That’s more than 10 times the candidates in the 2013 general election, when there were three names on the ballot.
In the 2013 election, voter turnout in the ward was 32 per cent.
The Ward 12 byelection is Monday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Officials expected the results to be available by 8:30 p.m.
Whoever fills the vacant seat will be on council for less than two years, as the next civic election is in October 2017.
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