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Candidates

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Per changes to our legislation (December 2016), please note that we are currently working to update our resource catalogue. As we complete these updates, we will post them as soon as they become available. Thank you.

Per the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, any person who meets the requirements set out in Alberta’s Election Act is able to become a candidate.

Potential candidates must first register with Elections Alberta. Then, the potential candidate must file nomination papers with the local returning officer. Only once both of these are complete and accepted can a person call themselves a candidate. Additionally, all candidates must maintain up-to-date registration, and file financial statements, as required. For information on candidate registrations and finances, visit Financial Disclosure.

If you are a federal public servant

Before seeking nomination, federal servants must gain permission from the Public Service Commission. See Part 7 of the Public Service Employment Act.

Additionally, during the election period, federal servants may need to take a leave of absence without payFor more information, on your legal rights and responsibilities, visit: http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/plac-acpl/index-eng.htm.