Executive Council
August 04, 2008

Premier Williams Announces Date for By-Elections in
the Districts of Baie Verte-Springdale and Cape St. Francis

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced that by-elections will be held in the districts of Baie Verte-Springdale and Cape St. Francis on Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

"I am very pleased that constituents in these two districts will soon have the opportunity to choose their next Member of the House of Assembly," said Premier Williams. "The people of both districts have been represented by well respected, capable and dedicated members in the past, and I encourage all residents to get out and vote for a new elected representative."

In accordance with amendments to the House of Assembly Act passed by the Williams Government in 2004, by-elections must be announced within 60 days, and conducted within 90 days of vacancy of a seat. Today�s announcement of these by-elections is in compliance with the act.

"I hope to see a strong voter turn-out for these by-elections," added Premier Williams. "Our right to vote is sometimes taken for granted. In order for any democracy to function effectively, it is important for all eligible voters to take part in the selection of their elected officials. I look forward to a spirited campaign leading up to the election of two new members to the House of Assembly."

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Media contact:

Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Roger Scaplen
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 727-0991

2008 08 04                                                          2:55 p.m.

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