Ottawa Centre makes top 10 in advance polling

Ottawa Centre had the 10th highest voter turnout during advance polling over the Easter weekend, preliminary statistics from Elections Canada show.

It joins two other Ottawa-area ridings – Nepean-Carleton and Ottawa-Orlèans – in the top 10 across Canada.

Some 12,054 voters turned out in Ottawa Centre, while Nepean-Carleton recorded 16,988 and Ottawa Orlèans 13,645. Nepean-Carleton had the country’s highest voter turnout.

More than two million Canadians cast ballots, an increase of 34.5 per cent from 2008. The official count may be slightly higher since some polls may not yet have been counted, Elections Canada said.

The busiest days were Easter Monday when 823,000 votes were cast, followed by Good Friday, with 676,000.

Ontario recorded the highest turnout followed by Quebec, British Columbia, Alberta, and New Brunswick.  

In Ottawa Centre, eight candidates are seeking election in the riding held currently by Paul Dewar.