TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Elections Ontario would like to remind members of the media of important provisions and regulations for the September 17 by-election in the Electoral District of St. Paul's.
1. Advertising Blackout
Ontario law imposes blackout periods on political advertising at
different times during a by-election period. For the September 17 by-
election in the Electoral District of St. Paul's, there was a blackout on
political advertising from August 19 to August 25, 2009. There will also
be a blackout on political advertising on the day before Election Day,
September 16, 2009 and on Election Day, September 17, 2009.
During this time, no party, constituency association or candidate, third
party and no person, corporation or trade union, whether acting with or
without the party's, association's or candidate's consent, shall arrange
for or consent to political advertising that appears during the blackout
In addition, no broadcaster or publisher shall allow political
advertising to appear during the blackout period. This ban applies to all
media, including the Internet.
It should be noted that the blackout period does not apply to genuine
2. Limits for still and video photography
Media are also reminded that filming is not permitted in a provincial
polling place. Media must film from outside the voting location and not
from the doorway of the polling place.
An exception has been allowed by the Chief Electoral Officer for media
who wish to obtain still or video photography of a candidate casting
their ballot. Candidates must make prior arrangements with the local
returning officer for written consent to be provided for admission to a
polling place. Still/video cameras are not permitted in the polling place
without advance permission.
Any media admitted to the polling place for the above purpose must be
aware that they are not to approach, film or photograph any other voters,
even if the voters give their consent.
3. Close of polls and election night results
News media representatives may be in attendance at the St. Paul's
returning office at the close of polls. Media are advised to make
arrangements with the returning officer in advance.
Live election results will be available on the Elections Ontario website
www.elections.on.ca. The website will detail the number of votes cast for
each candidate and the number of polling places reporting. Live results
on polling night are unofficial.
Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for administering
provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.
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Quick Reference Guide
Important information for all advertising departments
Electors in the Electoral District of St. Paul's will be voting in a provincial by-election scheduled for September 17, 2009.
Advertising outlets in broadcast, publishing and other mediums must meet certain legal obligations when conducting business. The Election Finances Act also has rules governing advertising by or on behalf of candidates, constituency associations, political parties and third parties during elections.
More detail is provided in Guideline G23 (found in the media section on www.elections.on.ca).
Below is a summary of the most important points for political advertising.
BY-ELECTION BLACKOUT PERIODS
For the September 17 by-election in the Electoral District of St. Paul's there will be a blackout on political advertising from August 19 to August 25, 2009 and on the day before Election Day, September 16, 2009 and on Election Day, September 17, 2009.
The prohibition against the publication of political advertisements does not apply to:
- genuine news reporting
- the publication of advertising, on polling day or the day before
polling day, in a newspaper that is published once a week or less
often and whose regular day of publication falls on that day
- an advertisement on the Internet or in a similar electronic medium, if
posted before and not altered during a blackout period
- an advertisement in the form of a poster or billboard, if posted
before and not altered during a blackout period
A blackout period restriction does not apply to:
- advertising of public meetings in constituencies
- announcing the location of candidate or constituency offices
- advertising for volunteer campaign workers
- announcing services for electors by candidates or constituency
associations respecting revision of lists of electors
- announcing services for electors on polling day
- any other matter respecting administrative functions of constituency
The above is based on the provision that such advertisements, announcements and other matters are done in accordance with the guidelines of the Chief Electoral Officer found on www.elections.on.ca.
LIMITS ON RATES TO BE CHARGED
During a campaign, no person or corporation shall charge a registered party, constituency association, candidate or third party or any person, corporation or trade union acting with the party's, association's, candidate's, or third party's consent, a rate for making political advertising available in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that exceeds the lowest rate the person or corporation charges anyone else for the same amount of equivalent advertising space or time during that period.
AUTHORIZATION OF POLITICAL ADVERTISING
All political printed advertising, handbills, placards, posters and broadcast or telecast advertisements shall bear or make reference to the name of the registered party, constituency association, third party, or person, corporation or trade union authorizing the political advertising. This includes:
1. The name of the person, corporation, trade union, registered party,
registered constituency association, registered third party that is
causing the political advertisement to appear.
2. The name, business address and telephone number of the individual who
deals with the broadcaster or publisher on behalf of the person or
entity mentioned in paragraph 1.
3. The name of any other person, corporation, trade union, registered
party, constituency association or third party that is sponsoring or
paying for the political advertisement.
The broadcaster or publisher of a political advertisement shall maintain
records for a period of two years after the date the political advertisement
appeared and shall permit the public to inspect the records during normal
A record maintained shall contain the following:
- the information required in paragraphs 1., 2. and 3. (above)
- a copy of the political advertisement, or the means of reproducing it
- a statement of the charge made for its appearance
A political advertisement in any medium shall name:
- the person, corporation, trade union, registered party, constituency
association or third party that is causing it to appear; and
- any other person, corporation, trade union, registered party,
constituency association or third party that is sponsoring or paying
SOURCE Elections Ontario
For further information: For further information: Elections Ontario Media Relations: (416) 212-6186, 1-866-252-2152, firstname.lastname@example.org; Election Finances Division, Elections Ontario, Telephone: (416) 325-9401, Toll Free: 1-866-566-9066, www.elections.on.ca