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New MLA for St. Boniface electoral riding to be determined Tuesday

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Voters in St. Boniface will head to the polls Tuesday to elect a new MLA. A byelection called there after former Premier Greg Selinger stepped down. As Global's Nikki Jhutti reports, some parties have a lot riding on Tuesday's vote – Jul 16, 2018

The provincial riding of St. Boniface will have a new MLA this week.

Back on June 19, Premier Brian Pallister announced that a byelection for the southeast Winnipeg riding will be held on Tues., July 17.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of longtime St. Boniface MLA and former premier Greg Selinger in March.

Selinger stepped down saying the decision to resign his post came as a result of consultations with his constituents but admitted there was pressure for him to leave.

READ MORE: ‘It gives everybody a chance to move on’: Greg Selinger stepping down

The Liberals could claim official party status if they are able to secure a fourth seat in the legislature.

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Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The candidates

Dougald Lamont is the leader of the Liberal party. He does not currently hold a seat in the legislature.

Blandine Tona, a community activist, is trying to retain the seat  for the NDP.

Mamadou Ka, who sought the seat for the Progressive Conservatives in 2016, will represent the Tories once again.

Françoise Therrien Vrignon is the Green party candidate.

WATCH: Winnipeg pollster says the St. Boniface byelection is one to watch

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Winnipeg pollster says the St. Boniface byelection is one to watch – Jul 16, 2018

“Traditionally, I think the voter turnout would be pretty brutal,” said Mary Agnes Welch, Senior Researcher at Probe Research.

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“It’s a byelection in July, those are two pretty big strikes against voter turnout”.

According to Elections Manitoba, advance voting turnout was up over the previous election. 1,143 people voted early, compared to 1,051 in 2016.

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