Press Release no. 1 A general election will be held in Québec on September 4, 2012

August 1st, 2012

Québec, August 1, 2012– Pursuant to an order of the Government of Québec issued today, Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer, must hold a general election in Québec on September 4 of this year. Here are some key dates of the election period:

Issue of the order: August 1, 2012
Ban on election advertising August 2 to 8, 2012 
Nomination papers from August 3 at 2 p.m. to August 18,  2012, at 2 p.m.
Revision of the list of electors from August 13 to 21, 2012
Special revision from August 22 to August 30, 2012, at 2 p.m.
Advance polling August 26 and 27, 2012
Voting at the office of the returning officer  August 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 2012, until 2:00 pm
Polling day

September 4, 2012

The election which is normally held on Monday is postponed until the day after, Tuesday September 4, as provided by the Election Act, because September 3 is a public holiday.

Here is the list of the 125 electoral divisions where an election will be held on September 4. The new electoral map in effect since January 21 2012will be therefore used for the first time.

Abitibi-Est Abitibi-Ouest
Acadie Anjou–Louis-Riel
Argenteuil Arthabaska
Beauce-Nord Beauce-Sud
Beauharnois Bellechasse
Berthier Bertrand
Blainville Bonaventure
Borduas Bourassa-Sauvé
Bourget Brome-Missisquoi
Chambly Champlain
Chapleau Charlesbourg
Charlevoix–Côte-de-Beaupré Châteauguay
Chauveau Chicoutimi
Chomedey Chutes-de-la-Chaudière
Côte-du-Sud Crémazie
D'Arcy-McGee Deux-Montagnes
Drummond–Bois-Francs Dubuc
Duplessis Fabre
Gaspé Gatineau
Gouin Granby
Groulx Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Hull Huntingdon
Iberville Îles-de-la-Madeleine
Jacques-Cartier Jean-Lesage
Jeanne-Mance–Viger Jean-Talon
Johnson Joliette
Jonquière Labelle
Lac-Saint-Jean LaFontaine
La Peltrie La Pinière
Laporte La Prairie
L'Assomption Laurier-Dorion
Laval-des-Rapides Laviolette
Lévis Lotbinière-Frontenac
Louis-Hébert Marguerite-Bourgeoys
Marie-Victorin Marquette
Maskinongé Masson
Matane-Matapédia Mégantic
Mercier Mille-Îles
Mirabel Montarville
Montmorency Mont-Royal
Nelligan Nicolet-Bécancour
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Orford
Outremont Papineau
Pointe-aux-Trembles Pontiac
Portneuf René-Lévesque
Repentigny Richelieu 
Richmond Rimouski
Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata  Robert-Baldwin
Roberval Rosemont
Rousseau Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue
Saint-François Saint-Henri–Sainte-Anne
Saint-Hyacinthe Saint-Jean
Saint-Jérôme Saint-Laurent
Sainte-Marie–Saint-Jacques Saint-Maurice
Sainte-Rose Sanguinet
Sherbrooke Soulanges
Taillon Taschereau
Terrebonne Trois-Rivières
Ungava Vachon
Vanier-Les Rivières Vaudreuil
Verchères Verdun
Viau Vimont


It should be noted that 20 political parties have been authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer and will be able to present candidates during the election in the various electoral divisions.  In comparison, 17 political parties took part in the last general election of December 2008.

In each of these electoral divisions, a returning officer will today open an office that is accessible to the public and to representatives of the various political parties.  Beginning at 2 p.m.on Friday, August 3, candidates will also be able to file their nomination papers at this office.

For more information, you can consult the Website of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec at the following address:


Categories : Provincial, General election 2012

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