04/07/2014 06:45 EDT | Updated 06/07/2014 05:59 EDT

Quebec election: Polls set to close

One of the most tumultuous elections in recent history is coming to a close in Quebec.

Polls across the province close at 8 p.m. ET.

CBC News will have complete multi-platform coverage of the election starting at 7:30 p.m., with up-to-the-minute results and expert analysis and commentary. 

We’ll be in the key ridings, following the tightest races and giving you the latest results on CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio One (Quebec only), mobile and online at (#qcvotes, #qc2014).

Quebec's chief electoral office reported a voter turnout of almost 53 per cent as of 5:30 p.m. 

More than a million Quebecers cast votes in the advance polls.

Across Quebec, a total of 814 candidates are running for election and 6,012,440 people are registered to vote.

This is the second time Quebecers have gone to the polls in the past 19 months. 

PQ Premier Pauline Marois triggered the election on March 5 when it became clear that the Liberals and Coalition Avenir Québec would not support her minority government's budget. 

The PQ's opponents, however, say Marois was determined to go to the polls in a bid to turn the popularity of her government's proposed secular charter into a majority.

The controversial proposed legislation, which would ban the wearing of overt religious symbols by public-sector workers, is popular outside urban centres such as Montreal or Quebec City. However, it has been met with fierce opposition by some school boards, health-care institutions and municipalities.