From Elections Canada [Election Night: Preliminary Results]:
OTTAWA, Monday, January 23, 2006 — Elections Canada will begin posting preliminary results for the general election at www.elections.ca shortly after the last polls close at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Monday, January 23. The preliminary results are unfiltered and are continually updated on the Web site after 10:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).Tags: canada, election 2006, politics
As soon as a poll closes, the deputy returning officer in charge counts the votes and calls the results to the returning officer for that electoral district. The returning officer immediately relays them electronically to Elections Canada.
At the same time, the results are sent to the computers of the Media Consortium. The Consortium is established by the national media during a general election as a co-operative effort to centralize the collection and distribution of election night preliminary voting results. The Consortium distributes the results as they are received to national, regional and local media members and to the Web sites of Canada’s main news outlets. The members of the Consortium include CBC and its French-language sister SRC; CTV; Global TV; TVA; CHUM Television; and The Canadian Press and Broadcast News/La Presse Canadienne and Nouvelles Télé-Radio.
The validation of results for the general election will take place in most ridings on Tuesday, January 24, 2006.
Further information on the process for posting preliminary results, the validation of results and judicial recounts is available at www.elections.ca in the "General Information" section.
Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.