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Name: Fair Elections Act (S.C. 2014, c. 12).
Country: Canada
Subject(s): Constitutional law
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2014-06-19
Entry into force:
ISN: CAN-2014-L-96458
Bibliography: Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Department of Justice, Canada PDF of Act PDF of Act (DOC.NORMES) (consulted on 2014-07-22)
Abstract/Citation: This enactment amends the Canada Elections Act ("the Act") to require the thief Electoral Officer to issue interpretation notes and guidelines on the application of that Act to registered parties, registered associations, nomination contestants, candidates and leadership contestants. It also requires the Chief electoral Officer, on request, to issue a written opinion on the application of
provisions of the Act to an activity or practice that a registered party, registered association, nomination contestant, candidate or leadership contestant proposes
to engage in.
The enactment also modifies the Chief Electoral Officer's power under section 17 of the Act so that the power may only be exercised to allow electors to exercise their right to vote or to allow votes to be counted. It also limits the
Chief Electoral Officer's power to transmit advertising messages to electors and requires the Chief Electoral Officer to ensure that any information so transmitted is accessible to electors with disabilities.
The enactment further amends the Act to permit the Chief Electoral Officer to seek approval from parliamentary committees to test an alternative voting process (but where such a pilot project is to test a form of electronic voting, the Chief Electoral Officer must first obtain the approval of the Senate and House of Commons). The enactment also eliminates the mandatory retirement of the Chief Electoral Officer at age 65 and replaces it with a 10-year non-renewable term. It provides for the establishment of an Advisory Committee of Political Parties to provide advice to the Chief Electoral Officer on matters relating to elections and political financing. The enactment also amends the Act to provide for the appointment of field liaison officers, based on merit, to provide support to returning officers and provide a link between returning officers and the
Office of the Chief Electoral Officer. It also enables the Chief Electoral Officer to temporarily suspend a returning officer during an election period and provides for the appointment of additional election officers at polling stations.
Finally, it empowers registered parties and registered associations, in addition to candidates, to provide names of individuals for election officer positions and changes the deadline for providing those names from the 17th day before
polling day to the 24th day before polling day.
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