These were some of the key stats and information that we shared during the 2016 general election campaign:

Key Election Numbers

Below are some key numbers (and interesting stats) related to the April 4 provincial election:

  • This is Saskatchewan’s 28th General Election
  • 61 constituencies (up three from the 2011 General Election)
  • 268 candidates nominated, a record for a Saskatchewan general election.
    • Previous high was 250 candidates in the 1982 General Election.
    • There were 191 candidates in the 2011 General Election.
  • Registered Political Parties (RPP) in Saskatchewan.
    • All six RPPs have candidates nominated for this election, as well as five independent candidates.
  • 815,000 eligible voters for this election
  • 750,893 registered voters on the revised voters list as of close of registration March 23, 2016
  • 5 days of advance voting—March 29 to April 2
  • Roughly 1,700 voting places
  • More than 10,000 election workers are needed across Saskatchewan
  • 336 Saskatchewan schools registered for Student Vote

Supplies and materials required for the April 4 election include:

  • 1,134,000 ballots to be printed. (One per each eligible voter, plus a 10% overage in case of mistakes or ink smearing)
  • 15,940 pens
  • 12,080 zip lock bags
  • 8,220 name badges and lanyards
  • 7,970 pencils
  • 7,970 pencil grips
  • 4,110 pencil sharpeners
  • 4,110 rulers

Download the election key numbers in pdf format. 


Key Election Dates  

The provincial general election was April 4.

Election Calendar format – PDFApril 2016 calendar

Enumeration: The Chief Electoral Officer determines the enumeration period. Enumerators are allowed to enumerate between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. during this period.

Revisions: The Chief Electoral Officer determines the length of the revision period. Must be a minimum of one day, currently lasts for 12 days. Office hours during the revision period are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the returning offices (Monday – Friday) noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Writ Day (Start of election period): Any day between 34 and 27 days before election dayMarch 1 to March 8.

Nominations:  Nomination papers are accepted by the Returning Officer beginning when the writ is issued until the deadline of 2 p.m. on March 19, 2016.

Advance Voting: Advance voting takes place the week before election day from Tuesday to Saturday. Advance voting locations are open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Friday (noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday). March 29 to April 2.  

Last day to apply for absentee voting: Applications for absentee voting are due 8 days before election day March 28.

April 4 is Election Day: Always on a Monday. Voting places are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Last Day to get in Absentee Ballots: Absentee ballots must be received by noon 10 days after election day for envelopes postmarked no later than 8 p.m. on election day.

Final Count: 12 days after election day, or April 16.

Deadline for Financial Statements: Financial reports must be submitted three months after election day for candidates and six months for registered political parties.