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Additional mobile polls for evacuated electors from Peguis (Manitoba)

41st GENERAL ELECTION

ADAPTATION PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION 17(1)
OF THE CANADA ELECTIONS ACT
TO ESTABLISH TWO MOBILE POLLING STATIONS TO SERVE ELECTORS OF POLLING DIVISIONS 012, 013A, 013B AND 014 IN THE ELECTORAL DISTRICT OF SELKIRK–INTERLAKE WHO WERE EVACUATED AS A RESULT OF FLOODING IN THEIR COMMUNITY

Whereas the 41st federal general election was called on March 26, 2011 with polling day on May 2, 2011;

whereas the polling stations established pursuant to subsection 120(1) for polling divisions 012, 013A, 013B and 014 in the electoral district of Selkirk–Interlake in Manitoba are located in a community affected by flooding, and that many residents of the community have been evacuated to six hotels situated in or around the city of Winnipeg;

whereas some residents of the affected communities have remained in the communities despite this, and that it is possible to open the polling stations in the communities 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 125, a new section 125.1 as follows:

125.1. (1) For the purposes of the vote on polling day, the returning officer of the electoral district of Selkirk–Interlake in Manitoba establishes two mobile polling stations, in addition to those established pursuant to subsection 120(1), each one of which to be located successively in three different establishments where electors of polling divisions 012, 013A, 013B and 014 who have been evacuated reside in or around the city of Winnipeg.

(2) The returning officer shall set the times during which the mobile poll stations will be located in each of the establishments.

(3) The returning officer shall give notice to the candidates of the itinerary of the mobile polling stations in accordance with the instructions of the Chief Electoral Officer.

(4) Before the holding of the vote at the mobile polling stations mentioned in subsection (1), the returning officer of this electoral district shall provide each of two deputy returning officers the election materials listed at subsection 119(1); the official lists of electors mentioned at paragraph f) are the same as the lists used in the polling stations established in polling divisions 012, 013A, 013B and 014.

(5) Each of the two deputy returning officers receives a copy of the list of electors of the four polling divisions 012, 013A, 013B and 014; each elector of polling divisions 012, 013A, 013B and 014 may vote at the polling station established pursuant to subsection 120(1) or at one or the other of the two mobile polls.

(6) Except as provided for in this section, all the provisions of this Act apply as if these polling stations were within the polling divisions to which they appertain.

(7) After the counting of the votes, and for the application of section 287, the deputy returning officers of the two mobile polling stations shall each prepare a statement of the vote. The returning officer reports the results of polling division 014 by adding the numbers of votes in favour of each candidate and the numbers of rejected ballots, as indicated in these two statements of the vote to the same numbers contained in the statement of the vote prepared by the deputy returning officer of polling division 014 for the polling station established pursuant to subsection 120(1).

April 30, 2011

Marc Mayrand
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada