|June 25th, 2012 by Student Vote||Leave Comments »|
Voters in New Brunswick’s Rothesay electoral district head to the polls today for a provincial by-election. Rothesay has been without an MLA since May 25, when then-energy minister Margaret-Ann Blaney resigned her seat to become the president of Efficiency New Brunswick.
The PC will try and hold the seat with new candidate Hugh John (Ted) Flemming, but he is facing a “stiff challenge” from provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy, according CBC News.
A victory by Cardy, the NDP leader since 2011, would give the party its first MLA since 2005, when then-leader Elizabeth Weir also resigned to become the president of Efficiency New Brunswick.
Retired police officer John Wilcox will be running for the Liberals, and Sharon Murphy is representing the Green Party. Marjorie MacMurray is running as an independent.
If Flemming wins and Rothesay remains PC, the Tories will regain the 42 seats they held after the 2010 provincial election. Regardless of the result today, Premier David Alward’s PC will still hold a majority government in the 55-seat legislature. The Rothesay riding has been held by the PC since 1999.
Voter turnout was 67% in Rothesay for the 2010 election; overall turnout for the province was 72%.
Polls open at 10 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m. For more information, visit the Elections New Brunswick website.
Check back here for updates on the by-election results!
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