WINNIPEG — Manitoba voters head to the polls today to elect a new government to lead the province for the next four years.
Recent pre-election polls carried out for media outlets point to a Progressive Conservative government taking over the Manitoba Legislature after 16 years from the NDP. Leader Brian Pallister is poised to become the province’s next premier, but incumbent Greg Selinger hasn’t been going down without a fight. The five-week campaign has ended with the last couple being a ramp up of nasty attack ads and accusations at the hands of the NDP and Tories.
Meanwhile, Liberal leader Rana Bokhari has been trying to focus on policy to turn attention away from recent setbacks to her campaign, including a poor performance during last week’s televised leaders’ debate and the loss of several candidates to scandal and clerical errors.
Polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Results will begin to appear shortly after on ChrisD.ca and on the Elections Manitoba website.
Approximately 109,000 Manitobans have already cast their ballots in eight days of advance voting. That’s up from 78,000 in the 2011 provincial election.
ChrisD.ca will have you covered tonight with reporters at all three main parties’ headquarters. Michelle Bailey (MichelleBailey1) will be at the Progressive Conservative election night party at Canad Inns Polo Park, Luke Jacob Thiessen (@ljthiessen) will be covering the NDP party at the RBC Convention Centre, and Megan Benedictson (@OhGeeMDB) will bring news from the Liberal headquarters at the ALT Hotel.