Polls open in Langford-Juan de Fuca byelection


Voters in the Langford-Juan de Fuca provincial riding have their last chance to vote in the byelection for the seat on Saturday.

Most voting locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to cast a ballot. There are 12 voting locations across the riding and all except for the district electoral office, which closes at 4 p.m., are open until 8.

The seat was left vacant after John Horgan, the former premier, resigned from the seat.

There are five candidates vying for the seat:

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Advanced voting for the riding took place from June 16 to 21, where 6,805 people cast a ballot. This is over double the turnout in the Vancouver-Mount Pleasant riding, which is also holding a byelection today.

Cabinet minister Melanie Mark announced her departure from the legislature in February, saying her time in politics took a “significant personal toll.”

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Horgan had held the Langford riding since 2005, while Mark was first elected in 2016.

-With files from the Canadian Press

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