What’s new for the 2017 General Election?

 

Recent amendments to the Nunavut Elections Act have created some changes for the 2017 General Election.

 

  •      Fixed Election Date

There are now rules for when a General Election will take place. The next Election is October 30th, 2017.

 

  •      Rules for Government of Nunavut Employees

The rules have been clarified for public servants who want to become a candidate or financial agent. For more information, please refer to how to be a financial agent and how to be a candidate.

 

  •      Serving Liquor on Election Day

Establishments can now serve liquor on Election Day. However, it is still an offence to try and influence how a person votes by offering them liquor.

 

  •      Broadcasting Campaign Material      

Candidates can now broadcast campaign material on Election Day and the day before Election Day. This also includes the use of social media during this time.

 

  •      Publishing Financial Returns

The Chief Electoral Officer will now publish a notice in the newspaper advising the public on how to obtain a copy of candidate’s financial returns.

    Candidates can now broadcast campaign material on Election Day and the day before Election Day. This also includes the use of social media during this time.

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    A recent amendment to the Summary Conviction Procedures Regulations has also created a change for the 2017 General Election.

    •      Fines for Failure to Prepare and Send in a Financial Return

    Candidates and their financial agents may be fined for failing to prepare and send the financial return before the end of the post-election period (60 days after the election).