A nomination contestant is a person who seeks endorsement as the official candidate through the nomination contest process.
A nomination contest is the process used by a registered party or constituency association to select a person to receive their endorsement as the official candidate in an electoral division for an election.
A registered nomination contestant is a person who has fulfilled all requirements under section 9.3 of the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA).
A Campaign Period is the date a contestant registered under section 9.3 of the EFCDA to two months after the date when a nomination contestant was selected.
Under the EFCDA, Elections Alberta provides oversight to the party regarding the contest, registration, reporting, and disclosure of information relative to the contest. Registered parties and constituency associations are responsible for notifying Elections Alberta of a contest, from when the contest will take place through to the final result of the contest. Potential nomination contestants are responsible for registering with Elections Alberta at the earliest of the following:
- when the person announces his or her intention to seek endorsement as the official candidate of a registered party in an electoral division, or
- when the person incurs expenses in relation to the person’s nomination campaign, or
- when the person receives contributions in relation to the person’s nomination campaign.
All nomination contestants registering with Elections Alberta must appoint a chief financial officer who is responsible for ensuring compliance with all aspects of the contestant’s campaign finances, including the filing of a nomination contestant campaign return.
IMPORTANT: You cannot apply to be a chief financial officer if you are on Elections Alberta’s current ineligible persons list.
A contestant can only accept contributions from persons ordinarily resident in Alberta and only during the nomination contestant’s campaign period. Contributions can be money or in-kind donations of goods or services.
The maximum a contestant can receive is $4,243 per person during the campaign period. Contestants who spend their own funds for their nomination campaign can claim a contribution up to the $4,243 maximum; any amounts over the maximum must be reimbursed to the contestant by their campaign.
The contestant’s chief financial officer is responsible for issuing official contribution receipts for contributions received (including contributions by the contestant), which contributors can claim for non-refundable personal income tax credits on their tax return.
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A registered nomination contestant or any person acting on the contestant’s behalf can hold an event during the nomination contestant’s campaign period only, to raise funds for their campaign. Examples of fundraising events include a luncheon, meet & greet, car rally, golf tournament, silent auction etc. Rules apply on who can pay to attend or who can donate/bid at a silent auction.
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There is a $10,607 limit on the amount a registered nomination contestant can spend on their campaign.
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Nomination contestants must disclose their financial activities to Elections Alberta by filing a campaign period return within four months after the selection date of the nomination contest. The campaign period return includes:
- a financial statement,
- detailed list of all contributions received including contributor names, addresses and amounts contributed,
- detailed list of all campaign expenses, and
- supporting information and documents relating to the campaign return.
Every nomination contestant that has been registered with Elections Alberta must file a Nomination Contestant Campaign financial statement within four months after the nomination contest. Even if a contestant withdraws or has their registration cancelled, they still must submit a financial statement to Elections Alberta.
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View registration and financial information for nomination contestants and contests.
Online Financial System (OFS)
Registered nomination contestants and their chief financial officers are granted access to Elections Alberta’s secure Online Financial System to enter and submit financial reports.
Contact Elections Alberta for access and login queries.