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P.E.I. election day: voters to elect a new provincial government

05/04/2015 05:35 EDT | Updated 05/04/2016 05:12 EDT
After a month of promises and debate, election day has arrived on Prince Edward Island.

By the end this day, P.E.I. will have a new government, and the premier will be a rookie and a male.

Advance polls have been popular leading to this 65th general election.  

During advance polling, 28,895 Islanders cast ballots in the lead up to today's vote. Just over 21,000 Islanders took advantage of advance polling during the 2011 campaign. 

Polling stations are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. AT on Monday.

All new party leaders

All four party leaders are running their first campaigns. 

The Liberals are led by Wade MacLauchlan, former president of the University of Prince Edward Island.  

He was the lone candidate to run for the leadership of the party after Robert Ghiz announced his resignation late last year.

One week after MacLauchlan took over the Liberals, former city councilor Rob Lantz won a three-way race for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Prince Edward Island.

This is the first campaign for country dentist Peter Bevan-Baker as leader of the Green Party, and it is Mike Redmond's first run at the helm of the NDP.

At dissolution, the Liberals had 20 seats in Province House, the opposition PCs had three seats, and there was one independent MLA.

Three seats were open after some high-profile Liberal cabinet ministers announced resignations in the dying days of the Liberal government.

Full local coverage of the results begins at 6:30 p.m. AT Monday on CBC radio, television and at cbc.ca/peivotes.

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