10/08/2013 03:23 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Nova Scotia election: polls close, counting begins

Most of the province's polls have closed and Nova Scotians have only minutes to wait for the results to find out who will form the province's next government.

Polling stations closed at 8 p.m. AT with the exception of two polling centres: one in Pictou Centre, which will be open until 8:30 p.m. AT because a fire alarm delayed some voters and one in Halifax Atlantic will be open until 9:00 p.m. AT because a downed power pole blocked local traffic.

At stake is whether the ruling New Democrats can win a second term. If they lose, it will be the first time in 131 years that Nova Scotians haven't given an incumbent party a second chance at running the province.

At dissolution, the New Democratic Party had 31 seats, the Liberals formed the Official Opposition with 12 seats, the Progressive Conservatives had seven seats and two seats were vacant.

The electoral boundaries have been redrawn and there are now 51 seats in the house of assembly — meaning the magic number needed to form a majority government is 26 seats.

There are nearly 710,000 eligible voters in Nova Scotia. More than 100,000 of them took advantage of the new advanced polls and cast their ballots early.

Elected members will form the 62nd general assembly.