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By-election May 13, 2013 – Official Voting Results

May 13, 2013, by-election

Introduction

This first section of the Chief Electoral Officer's report on the federal by-election held on
May 13, 2013, describes the circumstances leading to the calling of the by-election, the electoral district involved and the nomination of candidates. It also presents the number of registered electors, the polling stations, the voter turnout rate and the candidate elected.

The second section provides more information on the official voting results and summary data, in table format. The concluding section presents the poll-by-poll results for the electoral district.

Further information on the May 2013 by-election will appear in a report to be published in March 2014, covering the administration of all by-elections held in 2013. That report will be available at www.elections.ca.

Calling the by-election

On March 14, 2013, the Honourable Peter Penashue, the Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament for Labrador, resigned, leaving his seat in the House of Commons vacant. Mr. Penashue was a member of Parliament for almost two years. A writ ordering a by-election in Labrador was accordingly issued on April 7, 2013.

The seat distribution in the House of Commons on April 7 was: Conservative Party of Canada – 164 seats; New Democratic Party – 100 seats; Liberal Party of Canada – 35 seats; Bloc Québécois – 5 seats; Green Party of Canada – 1 seat; Independent – 2 seats; and vacant – 1 seat.

Electoral district

The boundaries of the electoral district of Labrador were the same as those in effect during the 2011 federal general election. They coincide with the boundaries defined in the 2003 Representation Order, issued in accordance with the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act.

The returning officer for Labrador during the by-election was Mrs. Andrea Helen Northcott, who is a Network Administrator and Bookkeeper residing in Labrador City.

Labrador

Population based on the 2006 Census: 26,364

Labrador