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.
A nomination contest is the process for selecting a person for endorsement as the official candidate of a registered party for an electoral division. A nomination contestant is a person seeking endorsement in a nomination contest as the official candidate of a registered party for an electoral division. Under the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA), Elections Alberta is responsible for oversight of nomination contests including the management of registration, reporting and disclosure of nomination contests.
Political parties and constituency associations are responsible for setting out the particulars of a nomination contest with Elections Alberta, administering the selection process for endorsing eligible nomination contestants as official candidates, and informing Elections Alberta as to the endorsed official candidates. Nomination contestants are responsible for registering with Elections Alberta, which includes appointing an eligible Chief Financial Officer (CFO). CFOs are responsible for ensuring compliance with all aspects of nomination contestant finances including the filing of Nomination Contestant Financial Statements, managing expenses within the set limits, and issuing official contribution receipts.