BC Votes 2009 Election, STV Referendum Results - Campbell wins
BC Votes 2009 Election and STV Referendum Results
Gordon Campbell has won his third straight victory as premier of British Columbia. It's still early and the votes are still being counted, but projections are that Gordon Campbell has taken his third term as premier.
Campbell becomes one of only four premiers to win three terms in British Columbia.
The STV (Single Transferable Vote) has also not been passed meaning the election system of 'first past the post will stay'; over 60% of the vote was needed for the STV to pass, and that did not happen.
The polls have now closed and the votes are being counted.
Polling stations were open today for all British Columbians to pick their next provincial government. Voting was open until 8pm tonight.
Voter turn-out was steady all day, and predictions were that the number of people voting this time will be higher than in previous elections, although still not that high overall.
297,210 people already voted in the advanced voting.
This is considered a very high number, and is 50 percent higher than the first three days of the advanced voting in 2005. It also exceeds the total figure for the advanced voting in the 2001 and 2005 elections.
When people voted today however they received two ballots; one for the candidate of their choice, and one to determine the vote in the referendum on electoral reform in the province.
This referendum will decide whether BC adopts the single transferable vote system, or stays with the first past the post method. In order for the new referendum to pass, it has to receive over 60 percent of the votes provincewide, and over 50 percent in at least 51 of the 85 ridings.
This election has not drawn much attention from voters in the lead up to election day, but results will start trickling in after 8pm tonight PST to decide the next provincial government.
Some Election Day controversy:
Earlier today Elections BC stated that the Liberal Party had violated Section 233 of the election act, as they posted campaign messages on their twitter page this morning.
Section 233 of the Act states: “On General Voting Day, election advertising must not be published, transmitted or broadcast in an electoral district until the close of all voting stations in the electoral district.”
On May 12, the B.C. Liberal Party’s Twitter account, @bcliberalparty, posted messages on Twitter promoting the party and broadcasting negative messages related to the NDP.
The messages have since been deleted.
Elections BC had told the parties that they were not allowed to twitter on election day, The NDP's twitter account stops at 11:53am on May 11.
Parties that violate this act could face a fine up to $10,000 or a year in prison.