HALIFAX - Facts about the 31-day Nova Scotia election, which will be held on Oct. 8:
Major parties: Liberals, New Democrats and Progressive Conservatives.
Leaders: Premier Darrell Dexter (NDP), Stephen McNeil (Liberal), Jamie Baillie (Progressive Conservative).
Standings at dissolution: NDP 31, Liberal 12, Progressive Conservative 7. Two vacant.
Main campaign issues: The economy, leadership, energy, health, education.
Most recent general election: June 9, 2009.
Number of eligible voters in 2009: 714,675.