03/30/2016 15:16 EDT | Updated 03/31/2017 01:12 EDT

24,602 people cast ballots on first day of advance voting in Saskatchewan

REGINA — Elections Saskatchewan says more than 24,600 people cast their ballots in the first day of advance voting across Saskatchewan.

Advance voting polls opened Monday at 173 locations around the province.

Chief electoral officer Michael Boda says they expected some people would be anxious to cast their ballot and show up to vote the minute the doors opened on the first day.

Boda says some advance voting places had lineups, primarily in urban constituencies, and extra workers were called in to help with the rush.

Advance polls are open through Saturday and the general election will be held Monday.

Just over 16,000 people cast their ballots on the first day of advance voting in the 2011 election.

The Canadian Press