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Countdown to voting day

We are only nine days away from the federal election on Oct. 19, in what has been one of the longest campaigns in Canada's history. Here are nine numbers to mark this election.

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This article was published 10/10/2015 (591 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

We are only nine days away from the federal election on Oct. 19, in what has been one of the longest campaigns in Canada’s history.

Here are nine numbers to mark this election.

1 The number of candidates in Manitoba who have been dumped by their party or stepped down after past social-media gaffes were revealed. Stefan Jonasson resigned as the Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley NDP candidate after tweets surfaced in which he compared an Orthodox Jewish group to the Taliban.

2 The number of women who were prevented from taking the citizenship oath since 2011 because of the niqab ban. The issue has become front and centre in the late stages of the election.

14 The number of federal seats up for grabs in Manitoba, eight of which are in Winnipeg, out of 338 nation-wide.

5 The number of indigenous candidates running in Manitoba: Rebecca Chartrand, Liberal candidate for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski; Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Liberal candidate for Winnipeg Centre; Dan Vandal, Liberal candidate for Saint Boniface-Saint Vital; Melissa Wastasecoot, NDP candidate for Brandon-Souris and Deborah Chief, NDP candidate for Selkirk-Interlake-Eastman.

170 The number of seats a party will have to win Oct. 19 in order to form a majority, a number many pundits think no party is going to achieve in this tight race.

2 The number of debates Winnipeg South Centre Conservative candidate Joyce Bateman has missed, and instead a rubber chicken was placed at her empty chair.

12 The number of profane words on a fake flyer distributed under Winnipeg Centre NDP candidate Pat Martin’s letterhead.

6 The number of visits to Winnipeg by federal party leaders. And in true democratic fashion, each leader has visited equally — Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau have all stopped in Winnipeg twice during their campaigns.

31.9 The percentage of voters in Manitoba between the ages of 18-24 who cast their ballot in the 2011 election. A number various interests groups, including Be the Vote, is trying to grow this election.

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