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Naheed Nenshi re-elected as Calgary mayor

10/21/2013 09:41 EDT | Updated 12/21/2013 05:12 EST
Calgary voters have re-elected Naheed Nenshi as mayor.

An underdog in the last election, Nenshi began this campaign as a seasoned veteran praised for his handling of the city’s flood crisis in June.

Although results are still coming, CBC News is declaring Nenshi as the winner of the mayoral race, with 76 per cent of the 5,917 votes counted as of 9:12 p.m. MT.

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The real races to watch are some hard-fought battles at the ward level, including wards 1 and 2 where there are no incumbents running for council. Those results are still coming in.

Calgary voters are also picking new trustees for the public and Catholic school boards.

New identification rules for voters

It's not expected turnout will be as high this year as it was for the last election in 2010, in which 355,083 people cast a vote.

For the first time, voters need to present identification to be allowed to vote — and that presented a problem for some.

Editha Bell doesn't have any identification with the Calgary address she has lived at for a year. Her husband Michael said all the bills are in his name and they have not updated their driver's licences.

"I feel embarrassed in a sense because here we are," said Editha, who was unable to cast her ballot Monday. "We criticize other countries like the Philippines or Ukraine or Russia where people can't exercise their vote."

After this election, members of city council will be called councillors, not aldermen. Because of a change in provincial law, the winning candidates will serve a four-year term, a year longer than the previous term.

The election in Calgary is expected to cost about $2.5 million.

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