If you are considering running as a candidate in a territorial election, please read our Guide for Candidates and Official Agents.

From time to time, the Chief Electoral Officer will issue CEO Instructions on how the law will be interpreted. Candidates and official agents can stay up-to-date with these Instructions by liking us on Facebook or frequently checking our website.

An individual may run as a candidate in an election if, on the day their nomination paper is filed at the Office of the Returning Officer, they are:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • 18 years of age, and
  • a resident of the NWT for the past 12 consecutive months

An individual is not eligible to be a candidate if they are:

  • imprisoned in a correctional institution
  • convicted of a Major Election Offence in the previous five years
  • a sitting member of the Parliament of Canada or of a territorial or provincial legislative assembly
  • the Chief Electoral Officer

Potential candidates should check their employer’s policy about running for public office.

For more information, contact the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer.