Rules about election advertising are intended to accomplish three primary objectives:
- to identify who is responsible for election advertising
- to ensure that election advertising is fair
- to provide time and space in which citizens are not subject to election advertising
When campaigning, all laws must be respected. Election messages must not use hate speech or libel.
Candidates and official agents are not the only ones who should know the rules about campaigning. Campaign workers should also be informed and be prepared to act responsibly.
Identification on Campaign Materials
Printed or electronic material supporting or opposing a candidate must bear the name and telephone number of a candidate’s Official Agent or sponsor in legible print.
This applies to advertisements, pamphlets, posters, and signs. It also applies to messages broadcast on radio, television, or through an electronic medium (e.g. the internet).
The only exception is for items 64cm2 or smaller.
Campaign material cannot be placed within 25 metres of:
- a polling station
- the office of a returning officer
On polling days, no campaign activity is permitted within 25 metres of a polling station or an advance polling station.
Municipal by-laws or private property policies about signage should be consulted before erecting campaign signs.
At multiple-dwelling sites such as apartment buildings, candidates may access the door of each residential unit between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm. In order to gain access, candidacy should be proven to the landlord or building manager.
To prove candidacy, candidates may present the nomination receipt issued by Elections NWT and a piece of photo ID.
If a candidate is uncertain about when or where they may campaign, they should ask a returning officer or contact Elections NWT.
For more information on campaign advertising, refer to sections 99-105 and 244 of the Elections and Plebiscites Act.