Election 2015: Kootenay votes

Election 2015: Kootenay votes

The federal polls in Kootenay-Columbia and South Okanagan-West Kootenay close at 7 p.m.

It won’t be long until we know who the MPs in the newly-expanded riding of Kootenay-Columbia and the brand new riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay will be.

Kootenay-Columbia, which now includes Kaslo, Salmo, and Nelson in addition to all of East Kootenay is home to 85,653 registered electors, not counting those who registered today.

The four candidates are the Green Party’s Bill Green, Liberal Don Johnston, New Democrat Wayne Stetski, and incumbent Conservative David Wilks.

Kootenay-Columbia is one of six ridings that straddle a time zone. However, all polls close at the same time — 7 p.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Mountain.

In South Okanagan-West Kootenay, which includes Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, the Slocan Valley, the Boundary, Oliver, Osoyoos, and Penticton, there are 90,694 registered electors.

There are five candidates: the NDP’s Richard Cannings, Liberal Connie Denesiuk, independent Brian Gray, Conservative Marshall Neufeld, and the Green Party’s Samantha Troy.

Black Press reporters are with candidates tonight in Penticton, Cranbrook, and Nelson.