How to Register a Nomination Contest
Political Party or Constituency Association Responsibility
Before holding a nomination contest in an electoral division, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a registered party or constituency association must fulfil the requirements as per section 9.3(1) of the EFCDA and file a statement with the Chief Electoral Officer letting them know:
- the date of the official call of the nomination contest,
- the date fixed for the selection of the person for endorsement as the official candidate for the registered party for an electoral division,
- the amount of the fee or deposit, if a fee or deposit is required to be paid by a person as a condition of entering the nomination contest, and
- the estimated cost for holding the nomination contest.
Within 10 days of the conclusion of the nomination contest, the registered party or constituency association must file with the Chief Electoral Officer a statement setting out:
- the full names of the nomination contestants who were considered for endorsement,
- the full name of the person selected for endorsement as the official candidate of the registered party for the electoral division, and
- the names of any persons who withdrew as nomination contestants.
The selected nomination contestant endorsed by the registered party then becomes the registered nomination candidate.
Elections Alberta (EA) Online Financial System (OFS) allows parties to:
- login to enter all nomination contestant registration details and record the contest results,
- authorize any of their constituency associations to enter contest details,
- OFS allows parties and CA’s if authorized, to manage their contests while providing EA with information to ensure compliance with the legislation.
Nomination Contestant Responsibility
EFCDA section 9.3 refers to the registration requirements for nomination contestants. Anyone who intends to seek endorsement as the official candidate of a registered party in one of the 87 electoral divisions must file an application for registration as a nomination contestant to the Chief Electoral Officer when:
- they announce their intention to seek endorsement as the official candidate of a registered party in an electoral division, or
- has incurred campaign expenses in relation to the person’s nomination campaign, or
- has received contributions in relation to the person’s nomination campaign.
If a nomination contestant decides they do not want to run and withdraw their contestant’s registration, they must inform the Chief Electoral Officer in writing and the registrations will be cancelled for that contestant. You can find the Withdrawal of a Nomination Contest form here.
Once the withdrawal form is completed it must be filed with Elections Alberta. A “Withdrawn” status is recorded in OFS.
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.