Elections NWT expects all candidates, official agents, campaign workers, and volunteers to behave respectfully and lawfully.
If a person believes that an unlawful electoral practice has occurred, a written complaint may be filed with the Chief Electoral Officer.
Any complaints received will be reviewed by the Chief Electoral Officer. If the circumstances warrant, an investigation may follow.
Where an infraction appears to have occurred, a range of penalties could result including a fine, compliance agreement, or prosecution.
The remedy pursued and the penalty imposed depends upon the evidence as well as the nature and severity of the alleged infraction.
Any complaints about practices during an election must be filed with the Chief Electoral Officer within one year of polling day for that election.
How to Make a Complaint
If you have reason to believe that there has been a violation of the Elections and Plebiscites Act, you may file a written complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer:
Chief Electoral Officer, Northwest Territories
#7, 4915 – 48th Street
Yellowknife, NT X1A 3S4
You are asked to provide:
- your name, address, telephone number, email address
- a factual description of the matter including dates, circumstances, actions, or inactions that you believe may be an offence
- the section of the Act that you believe has been violated
- copies of any documents you believe to be relevant
Complaints will be reviewed by the Chief Electoral Officer in order to determine validity and to decide whether or not further action is warranted. The Chief Electoral Officer seeks to resolve matters in a thorough and timely manner.
You may consult the Enforcement Policy of Elections NWT for your reference.