A candidate is a person who runs in an election. The candidate who receives the most votes in a constituency (voting district) becomes the Member of the Legislative Assembly for that constituency.
Who Can Be a Candidate?
If you can vote, you can be a candidate.
- See Who Can Vote?
You can be a candidate in any constituency in Nunavut, not just the one you live in. But, you can be a candidate in only one constituency at a time.
Check with your employer! Some employers have rules for employees who are candidates. For example, you might have to take a leave of absence during election time.
Disqualifications from Being a Candidate
There are some special disqualifications from being a candidate. You cannot be a candidate if you are:
- An employee of Elections Nunavut;
- An employee of the Government of Nunavut who did not take a leave of absence;
- A member of the House of Commons, Senate, or legislature of another territory or province;
- A judge (except in a citizenship court);
- A person who is in jail and will still be in jail after election day;
- A person who did not follow a compliance agreement from the last election; OR,
- A financial agent or candidate in the last election who did not file their campaign financial return on time.
A member of the Legislative Assembly may leave their seat because they’re charged with or convicted of a crime under Nunavut or Canadian laws. This person can be a candidate again only five years after the constituency elects someone else to take their place.