Candidates & Campaigns

Who can be a candidate in a Territorial election or By-election?

You can be a candidate if:

  • You’re eligible to vote on Election Day
  • You are not disqualified.

You can be a candidate in Any Nunavut constituency, not just the one you live in, if you are eligible to vote and not disqualified.

You can be a candidate in only one constituency.

You’re eligible to vote if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen.
  • 18 years or older on Election Day AND
  • A Nunavut resident for at least one year on Election Day.

You’re not eligible to vote if:

  • You have a court order that says you don’t understand your actions - you can’t decide things for yourself OR
  • You broke the laws under the Criminal Code and you're in a place for people with mental illness OR
  • You broke an election law somewhere in Canada in the last five years, and were convicted

The election doesn’t count if you get elected and you’re not eligible to be a candidate.

Check with your employer to see if they have any rules or policies you must follow about being a candidate in a Territorial election or By-Election. For example, you may have to take a leave of absence from your work during the election period.

Many employers such as the Government of Nunavut have rules or policies about how employees participate in political activities and election campaigns.