[Ottawa, CANADA] Using some new innovative features that Elections
Canada has incorporated into its new Web site, users will be able to
analyze the results of the Monday federal general election as soon as
the last polling stations close.
Elections Canada is the non-partisan agency responsible for the
conduct of federal elections and referendums.
“We wanted to give everyone the means to obtain the election results
that interest them most, as quickly as possible,” said the chief
electoral officer of Canada, Jean-Pierre Kingsley.
“Our new Web site allows you to see a pre-programmed results window
or to customize your own results window.”
Users can create a customized window by indicating which results they
want to follow live. It is only necessary to go to the heading for
the general election on the Elections Canada Web site. Then the
window can be tailored to show results for individual electoral
districts or overall results, by registered party, for a large city,
a province or territory, or the entire country.
The customized window is saved at the Web site; then on the evening
of the election, it is only necessary to retrieve it to find the
results of interest.
The customized results window will be displayed as soon as the last
polling stations close on the West Coast, at 7:00 p.m. Pacific time
on election day. Preliminary results from each polling station will
be added as the returning officers send them to Elections Canada in
This is the first time in Canada — and possibly in the world — that
such a service has been offered.
Those who want to receive results by e-mail can also request this
service at the Elections Canada Web site.
Canada spans four time zones; and it is illegal to transmit election
results before the last poll closes on the West Coast. Elections
Canada’s new service will post those results the quickest that is
But the service will almost certainly have some competition.
It is quite likely that some broadcasters such as CNN South of the
border will cover results as they come in. And certainly some private
political junkies will have their Web servers and e-mailing lists in
Whether early access to information affects election results or
merely spoils the surprise, it’s an inescapable fact of the