Legislation, Bulletins and Guidelines
Elections Alberta is governed by provincial legislation. When an election, by-election, plebiscite, referendum, recall, citizen initiative or enumeration is held, we must follow the rules outlined in legislation. These include the Election Act, Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act, Referendum Act, Recall Act, Citizen Initiative Act and the Alberta Senate Election Act.
We also have other specific duties assigned by the Local Authorities Election Act and the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act.
The Chief Electoral Officer has provided interpretation bulletins under the Election Act and Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act in the following topic areas:
- No. 1 Advertising by Government Departments and Provincial Corporations during Election and By-Election Periods
- No. 2 Campaign Period Restrictions and Overlapping Reporting Periods
- No. 3 Party Mergers
- No. 5 Third Party Activities and Expenses
- No. 6 Purchasing Political Party and Constituency Association Memberships
The Chief Electoral Officer is required to post guidelines under the Election Act. They can be found below:
- Guidelines on Access to and Disclosure of Alberta’s List of Electors
- CEO Guidelines for Election Surveys
- Advertising Guidelines for Political Participants
- Cryptocurrency Guidelines for Political Participants
Political Participant Guides
Guides to help political participants and contributors understand and comply with the rules under the Election finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA). Elections Alberta is currently updating all guides with the new contribution and expense limits that are in effect as of January 1, 2024.
- Candidate Guide to the EFCDA
- Constituency Association Guide to the EFCDA
- Guide for Contributors
- Guide for Contributors to TPAs
- Leadership Contestant Guide to the EFCDA
- Nomination Contestant Guide to the EFCDA
- Party Guide to the EFCDA
- Political and Election TPA Guide to the EFCDA