CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR
The following is a summary of information and considerations that all potential candidates for Mayor should be aware of before seeking election.
Persons eligible to be a candidate for Mayor must:
- Be a Canadian Citizen;
- Be 18 years old or older on Election Day, October 27, 2010;
- Be a resident of Manitoba;
- Be a voter; and
- Not be disqualified by law.
Becoming a candidate for Mayor involves two important steps: the registration process and the nomination process.
1. REGISTRATION PROCESS
Candidates for Mayor must register with the Senior Election Official before undertaking any campaigning, soliciting donations or incurring any campaign expenditures.
Through this process, a candidate becomes authorized to commence an election campaign. The candidate must identify the account utilized for all funds, an official agent and their auditor. Once registered, the candidate will receive Nomination Papers.
Candidates must complete a Registration Form and submit it, in-person, to the Senior Election Official. Registration for candidates for Mayor begins on Monday, May 3, 2010 and ends at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2010.
2. NOMINATION PROCESS
In the nomination process, candidates submit Nomination Papers which provide evidence of support from eligible voters. Before a candidate is permitted to file a Nomination Paper, he or she must have already filed a Registration Form. Nomination Papers are provided to a prospective candidate at the time of registration.
Candidates must file Nomination Papers in-person with the Senior Election Official during the Nomination Period which begins on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 and ends at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2010.
Nomination Papers for the Office of Mayor must have a minimum of 250 signatures of voters whose names appear on the Voters List. Candidates must use the Voters List provided to confirm that they have acquired the signatures of 250 eligible voters.
All Nomination Papers will be available for public inspection. A list of nominated candidates will be posted in the Council Building and available on this website, commencing on September 15, 2010.
List of Nominated Candidates
The Campaign Period is the time during which a registered candidate can, or any person acting on their behalf, can accept contributions or incur campaign expenses.
The campaign period for candidates for Mayor commences upon registration (registration begins May 3, 2010) and ends on Thursday, March 31, 2011. It is only during this period that candidates can solicit contributions and expend funds for the purposes of election.
The Campaign Expenses and Contributions Guide outlines the regulations for campaign financing and the requirement to file an audited financial statement.
CAMPAIGN EXPENSES AND CONTRIBUTIONS
The Campaign Expenses and Contributions By-law regulates campaign expenses and contributions to candidates, and includes limits on contribution amounts received and expenses incurred.
AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENT
All candidates who register must file an Audited Financial Statement with the Campaign Expenses and Contributions Officer. Please refer to the Campaign Expenses and Contributions Guide on this matter.
REBATE OF ELECTION CONTRIBUTIONS
Individuals making contributions to a registered candidate in the election are able to apply for a rebate in accordance with the Rebate of Election Contributions By-law. The Campaign Expenses and Contributions Guide explains this in further detail.
It is recommended that individuals interested in becoming a candidate for Mayor read the following guides for detailed information: