Vot­ers in two Cape Bre­ton rid­ings head to polls to­day

By­elec­tions in Syd­ney-Whit­ney Pier and Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - SYD­NEY

Vot­ers in two Cape Bre­ton rid­ings will head to the polls to­day to cast bal­lots in pro­vin­cial by­elec­tions.

The by­elec­tions in Syd­neyWhit­ney Pier and Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre were made nec­es­sary by the res­ig­na­tions of NDP MLAs Gordie Gosse and Frank Cor­bett ear­lier this year.

On the main­land, vot­ers will also go to the polls in Dart­mouth South.

By­elec­tion night re­sults will be­gin af­ter the polls close at 8 p.m. at http://media.elec­tion­sno­vas­co­tia.ca/by- elec­tion_­multi.aspx.

The page will re­fresh au­to­mat­i­cally ev­ery 20 sec­onds.

With bound­ary changes an­nounced in 2012, the rid­ing of Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre was ex­panded to in­clude South Bar, Lin­gan Road, and part of Grand Lake Road, which were for­merly of Cape Bre­ton Nova.

In the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion, Cor­bett took the rid­ing of Cape Bre­ton Cen­tre for the NDP with 3,440 votes, fol­lowed by Lib­eral Dave Wil­ton at 3,282 and the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive’s Edna Lee with 873. This time out, Wil­ton and Lee are again chal­leng­ing for the seat, tak­ing on the NDP’s Tammy Martin.

The rid­ing of Syd­ney-Whit­ney Pier was cre­ated when bound­aries were re­drawn in 2012, tak­ing in 79 per cent of Cape Bre­ton Nova and 59 per cent of Cape Bre­ton South.

In 2013 in Syd­ney Whit­ney Pier, Gosse won the rid­ing for the NDP with 5,084 votes, fol­lowed by Lib­er­als Derek Mom­bour­quette at 4,534 and the PC’s Les­lie MacPhee at 680. Mom­bour­quette is again run­ning for the Lib­er­als, tak­ing on the NDP’s Madonna Doucette and the PC’s Brian MacArthur.

There will be full elec­tion night cov­er­age at cape­bre­ton­post.com

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