ERRATUM- Press release no. 14 – September 4, 2012 general election. 894 candidates will be running in the September 4th general election

August 19, 2012

An error appeared in our press release dated August 18, 254 female candidates will compete in the elections on September 4, not 251. The total of 894 is not affected by this clarification. Some statistics taking into account the number of female candidates have been slightly modified.

Québec, August 18, 2012 –– In preparation for the upcoming September 4th general election, Mr. Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, announces that after the period for filing nomination papers, which ended  at 2 p.m. today, 894 nomination papers have been accepted in the 125 electoral divisions of  Québec. In comparison, 651 candidates ran in the 2008 general election. Consequently, there are 243 candidates more than in the last election. In fact, the total of 894 candidates is the highest number recorded in Québec since the number of electoral divisions in a general election increased to 125, namely since September 25, 1989.

The number of nomination papers accepted is broken down as follows:

Political parties or independent candidates

Number of candidates

Bloc pot

2

Coalition avenir Québec - L'équipe François Legault

125

Coalition pour la constituante

29

Équipe autonomiste

17

Option nationale

121

Parti conservateur du Québec

27

Parti de la classe moyenne du Québec

7

Parti équitable

1

Parti indépendantiste

10

Parti libéral du Québec/Quebec Liberal Party

125

Parti marxiste-léniniste du Québec

25

Parti nul

10

Parti québécois

125

Parti unité nationale

12

Parti vert du Québec/Green Party of Québec

67

Québec - Révolution démocratique

1

Québec solidaire

124

Union citoyenne du Québec / Québec Citizens' Union

20

Candidats indépendants ou sans désignation

46

It should be pointed out that independent candidates and candidates with no political affiliation have one thing in common: they do not belong to any political party. The difference between these two categories of candidates, however, is that on the ballot, the names of the former are followed by the term “independent”, whereas the names of candidates with no political affiliation have no term associated with them.

Furthermore, the number of candidates may vary according to the electoral division.  The table below shows the number of electoral divisions that have between 4 and 10 candidates.

 

Number of candidates

Number of electoral divisions

4

1

5

12

6

26

7

45

8

19

9

13

10

9

 

Profile of candidates

The average age of candidates is 45 years. It is in the 50 to 59 age bracket that the most candidates are found, namely 207, a number that represents 23,2 % of all candidates. The 30 to 39 age bracket is the second most represented group with 194 candidates, namely 21,7 % of the total.

Moreover, with 251 candidates, women account for 28,1 % of the candidates, which is slightly lower than the percentage of 31 % obtained during theDecember 8, 2008election. Women represent 20,8 % of the candidates of the Coalition avenir Québec- L’Équipe François Legault, 23,1 % of the candidates of Option Nationale, 37,6 % of the candidates of the Liberal Party and 27,2 % of the candidates of the Parti québécois. Québec solidaire is the party with the highest number of female candidates with 50 %. 7 electoral divisions will have more names of women than of men on their ballots. Finally, there are no female candidates in 7 electoral divisions.

 

The list of candidates in each electoral division can be consulted by clicking on "Search candidates” (right side of the home page) on the Website of the Chief Electoral Officer at the following address: www.monvote.qc.ca. Moreover, Statistics on the candidates, which provide more information on the profile of the candidates, are available by clicking on the icon bearing this title, on the right side of the home page.



Category : DGE