Manitoba's students have their fingers on the province's political pulse, calling for a PC majority government four hours before the polls closed in Thursday's provincial election.

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Manitoba's students have their fingers on the province's political pulse, calling for a PC majority government four hours before the polls closed in Thursday's provincial election.

As of 4 p.m. on Tuesday, votes were tabulated from over 20,000 students from across Manitoba who had elected Brian Pallister as the new Premier of Manitoba.

The event was put on by CIVIX, a national civic education charity which works to build the skills and habits of citizenship among young Canadians.

A total of 21,159 ballots were cast representing all of Manitoba's 57 electoral divisions. Students elected Pallister and the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba to a majority government with 30 seats and 35.4 per cent of the vote. Pallister, who won in his electoral division of Fort Whyte with 55.2 per cent of the vote, was the only party leader that the students voted into office.

NDP leader Greg Selinger, Liberal leader Rana Bokhari (Liberal), James Beddome of The Green Party, Darrell Rankin of the Communist party and Gary Marshall of the Manitoba Party were defeated in their electoral divisions.

The NDP won 14 seats and will form the Student Vote official opposition, receiving 27.3 per cent of the popular vote.

The Manitoba Liberal Party won 11 seats and received 23.8 per cent of the vote while The Green Party won 2 seats with 9.6 per cent of the vote.

It was the second provincial-level Student Vote project conducted in Manitoba. In 2011, 17,560 students participated from 186 schools. The 2016 project was made possible by the Youth Take Charge program at the Government of Canada and the Winnipeg Foundation.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca