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History of SK Elections
The next election in Saskatchewan will be the 28th General Election, and will occur on April 4, 2016. A lot of history has preceded this electoral event. We pulled out some of the most interesting facts about Saskatchewan elections:
- The first provincial election in Saskatchewan took place on December 13, 1905. There were only 25 constituencies, and 25 MLAs were elected.
- Since 1905, there have been 27 general elections in our province. This works out to one election about every four years.
- The Election Act first became law on June 12, 1908.
- Saskatchewan has had fewer general elections than any other province in Canada. Alberta also joined confederation in 1905, but is one election cycle ahead of Saskatchewan. Newfoundland and Labrador joined decades afterward, but its election count continues from the period before it joined Canada.
- The longest time that passed without having a general election was six years and seven days, between 1938 and 1944. This extended period was a result of World War II, and the government was permitted to delay the 10th General Election.
- From 1917-1960, all provincial general elections were held in June. After an act was passed in the legislature in 2008, all provincial general elections were scheduled to be held on the first Monday in November every 4 years. The first of these scheduled elections took place in 2011.
- In 1991, there were 66 constituencies in the 22nd General Election. This is the largest number of constituencies that the province has been divided into. It decreased to 58 constituencies in 1995, and has remained at this number through the 2011 election. For the 28th General Election, on April 4, 2016, the province will increase to 61 constituencies.
- There have been 12 Chief Electoral Officers of Elections Saskatchewan since 1959. Prior to that, the Clerk of the Executive Council fulfilled the role of this office. Our current Chief Electoral Officer is Dr. Michael Boda.
- The greatest number of electors who voted in a general election in the past four decades was in 1986 when 549,985 voters cast ballots (including rejected ballots) in the 21st General Election.
You can view previous general election results here.