Submitting the Candidate’s Financial Report
Section 256 of the Elections and Plebiscites Act requires that Official Agents submit the Candidate’s Financial Report to the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer within 60 days after polling day.
Nomination deposits will be returned to those Candidates who file returns within the 60-day limit. If the 60-day deadline is not met, a candidate may be fined.
In rare cases, exceptions may be made for late filing. An application for an extension must be made to the Chief Electoral Officer before the 60-day deadline. Extensions will only be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Original documents are to be submitted to the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer.
Failure to Report
If a Candidate’s Financial Report, including statements and receipts for expenses paid, is not received by the Chief Electoral Officer within 60 days of the polling day, or if an extension is not requested or granted, the Candidate will receive notice of a $250.00 fine payable to the Chief Electoral Officer within 30 days of receiving the notice.
Failure to provide a Candidate’s Financial Report is considered to be a Major Election Offence, which can incur penalties of up to $5,000, or imprisonment of up to one year, or both.
Successful Candidates (those certified by a Returning Officer as duly elected) must submit a complete and accurate Candidate’s Financial Report in order to take their seat as a member of the Legislative Assembly.
For more information, refer to the Candidates and Official Agent’s Guide and the Elections and Plebiscites Act.