Additional polling site for evacuated electors from Roseau River (Manitoba)
41st GENERAL ELECTION
ADAPTATION TO ESTABLISH A SECOND POLLING STATION
FOR VOTING DIVISION 091
IN THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF PROVENCHER
PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION 17(1) OF THE CANADA ELECTION ACT
Whereas the 41st federal general election was called on March 26, 2011 with polling day on May 2, 2011;
whereas section 120 provides that the returning officer shall, for polling day, establish one polling station for each polling division;
whereas the polling station established for polling division 091 in the electoral district of Provencher in Manitoba is located in a community affected by flooding, and that many residents of the community have been evacuated to a hotel situated in the city of Winnipeg;
whereas some residents of the community have remained in the community despite this, and that it is possible to open the polling station in the community to allow these electors to vote;
and whereas subsection 17(1) of the Canada Elections Act provides that:
17. (1) During an election period or within 30 days after it, if an emergency, an unusual or unforeseen circumstance or an error makes it necessary, the Chief Electoral Officer may adapt any provision of this Act and, in particular, may extend the time for doing any act, subject to subsection (2), or may increase the number of election officers or polling stations.
Therefore, the Canada Elections Act is hereby adapted to add, after section 120, a new section 120.1 as follows:
120.1. (1) For the purposes of the vote on polling day ― and despite subsection 120(1) of the present Act ― a second polling station shall be established by the returning officer for polling division 091 in the electoral district of Provencher, situated in suitable premises in the city of Winnipeg.
(2) Before the holding of the vote at the second polling station mentioned in subsection (1), the returning officer of this electoral district shall provide the deputy returning officer the election materials listed at subsection 119(1), and the official list of electors at paragraph f) is the same as the list used in the polling station established in polling division 091.
(3) Except as provided for in this section, all the provisions of this Act apply as if this second polling station was within polling division 091.
(4) After the counting of the votes, and for the application of section 287, the deputy returning officer of the polling station in polling division 091, as well as the deputy returning officer in the second polling station, shall each prepare a statement of the vote. The returning officer reports the results of the polling division by adding together the numbers of votes in favour of each candidate and the numbers of rejected ballots, as indicated in both statements of the vote.
April 30, 2011
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada