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Updated: Sun, 03 Nov 2013 20:25:02 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Quebecers await results of province-wide municipal elections

Voters across Quebec went to the polls today to elect new municipal officials. CBC

Voters across Quebec went to the polls today to elect new municipal officials. CBC

Quebecers went to the polls today to elect the municipal officials who will represent them for the next four years. 

As of 5 p.m. ET, 34.43 per cent of eligible voters had cast ballots in Montreal, including advance polls. 

In more than 300 municipalities, local leaders were re-elected without opposition, leaving about 800 municipalities to choose their candidates. 

There are several key races across the province, including Quebec City, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Levis and Trois-Rivières.

In Montreal, the four mayoralty front-runners — Richard Bergeron, Denis Coderre, Marcel Côté and Mélanie Joly — all cast their ballots and will wait with supporters for the results to be tabulated.

Province-wide 13,247 candidates ran for municipal office, a jump of four per cent compared to 2009.

End of campaigns

On Saturday, most candidates wrapped up the 40-day campaign period with public appearances to encourage people to cast their ballots.

The Union of Quebec Municipalities said it hoped at least 50 per cent of eligible voters would cast ballots by the time polls closed.

In the 2009 municipal election, only 45 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot across the province.

In the wake of a higher than expected turnout for advance polls last Sunday, the chief electoral officer said the counting of advance poll ballots started at 6 p.m. 

Follow the results with CBC Montreal

You can follow CBC Montreal's municipal election coverage on TV, radio and online beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday.

- CBC Radio (88.5/104.7FM) will have an election special beginning at 8 p.m., with hosts Mike Finnerty and Bernard St-Laurent.

- On television, CBC News Montreal at 11 will also have a special round-up of the latest results with host Thomas Daigle.

- Those outside the Montreal listening area can live stream the coverage online, and follow the live chat on the CBC Montreal website with Thomas Daigle.

You can also revisit some of CBC Montreal's special interactive projects, part of our ongoing coverage of the municipal campaign:

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