10/22/2014 17:35 EDT | Updated 12/22/2014 05:59 EST

Winnipeg voter turnout highest since 2002 election

Accessible advanced voting and a number of new candidates are responsible for the highest voter turnout in Winnipeg since 2002, according to senior election official Marc Lemoine.

Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 99,019 people had voted in addition to the 30,619 who had cast votes at advanced polls making a total of 129,638. 

Lemoine is expecting a turnout of more than 50 per cent of Winnipeggers. As of 4 p.m., 27.6% of those eligible had voted, surpassing 2010 when by 4 p.m. only 25.7% had voted.

Lemoine said the attacks in Ottawa Wednesday morning had no effect on voter turnout and about 2,000 volunteers are helping out at polls this afternoon. 

The first results are expected to come in at around 8:30 p.m. tonight and final results are expected an hour later at 9:30 p.m.