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Parties, Candidates & Leadership Contests

Bill 35, the Fair Elections Financing Act (FEFA), was tabled in the legislature on November 28, 2016 with much of the FEFA coming into force on that date; the Bill received Royal Assent on December 14, 2016.  The Bill introduces changes to the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA) that have an immediate and significant impact on all political parties, constituency associations, candidates, leadership contestants, and third party advertisers.  In addition, any person seeking endorsement as a candidate for a party in an electoral division is now required under the EFCDA to register as a nomination contestant and file financial returns with Elections Alberta.

Elections Alberta is working to update all existing resources and to create additional resources to account for the new legislation.  As resources become available, they will be posted on this website.

Political parties, candidates and constituency associations are the main entities that participate in elections. Their collective goal is to elect Members to the Alberta Legislative Assembly. People interested in becoming a candidate, registering a political party or registering a constituency association can use our resources to explore and define their options.

Political Parties are political organizations that have met the legislative requirements under section 6(2) of the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act.

Constituency Associations are volunteer organizations endorsed by political parties or independent members of the Legislative Assembly to handle political activities at the electoral division level, such as fund-raising, including the collection and reporting of contributions.

Candidates are persons who seek election, and are endorsed by political parties or run as independents.

The above political entities must register with Elections Alberta, update their registration information as changes occur, and file financial statements as required. Candidates are also required to file nomination papers with the local returning officer in order to appear on the ballot paper for an electoral event.

Elections Alberta is also responsible for oversight of nomination contests, leadership contests and third party advertisers – both political and election advertising. Resources are also available here.

Nomination Contests are held by registered political parties or constituency associations to select and endorse official candidates to run in electoral divisions for elections. Nomination contestants are persons who seek to be endorsed as official candidates. Elections Alberta is responsible for the management of registration, reporting and disclosure of nomination contests.

Leadership Contests are held by registered political parties to select a leader. Leadership contestants are persons who seek the leadership of a registered party at a leadership contest called by that party for that purpose. Elections Alberta is responsible for the management of registration, reporting and disclosure of leadership contests.