November 1, 2009 municipal general elections - It is possible to establish a party and to obtain authorization as a candidate well before the election period

    QUEBEC, Feb. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - In preparation for the municipal elections
that will be held on November 1st of this year, Marcel Blanchet, Chief
Electoral Officer of Québec, would like to inform those electors wishing to
run as independent candidates in the elections that it is possible to obtain
an authorization in this capacity effective immediately. Moreover, if they
wish to establish a new political party, it may be advantageous to promptly
submit an application for authorization to the Chief Electoral Officer.

    Obtaining an authorization as an independent candidate

    An authorization is required for every person wishing to solicit or
collect contributions, incur expenses or contract loans in order to finance
the activities associated with their election campaign. To obtain an
authorization, a written application must be submitted to the clerk or the
secretary-treasurer of the municipality. Said application must contain the
name of the future candidate, his domiciliary address, his telephone number,
the name of the municipality in which the nomination will be filed, as well as
certain information, notably that concerning the appointment of the
candidate's official representative.
    As it is not necessary to wait until the start of the election period in
September to complete this formality, independent candidates have a longer
period of time to plan their election campaign.
    It should be pointed out that this measure applies to people living in
municipalities with a population of 5 000 or more who are qualified electors
in the municipality and who undertake to run as an independent candidate in
the upcoming municipal elections. A person can run as a candidate in the
upcoming municipal elections if, in particular, he has resided on the
territory of the municipality for at least 12 months on September 1, 2009.
    To the 169 Québec municipalities having a population of 5 000 or more
must be added the municipalities of Chertsey, La Pocatière, Rivière-Rouge and
Warwick, whose total population has fallen below 5 000, but which nevertheless
continue to be subject to Chapter XIII of the Act respecting elections and
referendums in municipalities (AERM).

    Obtaining an authorization for a political party for the upcoming
    municipal elections

    In municipalities subject to Chapter XIII of the AERM, it is also
possible to obtain an authorization for a political party in preparation for
the upcoming municipal elections. With this authorization, it will be possible
to collect contributions, contract loans or incur election expenses. It may be
advantageous to promptly submit an application for authorization to the Chief
Electoral Officer due to the fact that certain conditions must be met to grant
such an authorization and it takes time to process the application.
    An authorization must also be obtained from the Chief Electoral Officer
to change the name of a political party. This name change must occur before
the election period, and a minimum amount of time is required to process the
    It should be recalled that in municipalities with a population of less
than 5 000 and which are not subject to Chapter XIII of the AERM, it is not
possible to create a political party. However, the Act permits the
establishment, under certain conditions, of a "recognized ticket" by the
returning officer.
    Those individuals wishing to obtain more information on this subject can
consult the website of the Chief Electoral Officer at the following address: or contact the Information Centre:

    By telephone:   (418) 528-0422 - Québec City area
                    1 888 ELECTION (1 888 353-2846) - outside the
                    Québec City area

    By e-mail:
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For further information:

For further information: Denis Dion, Information officer, (418)
644-3320, 1-888-870-3320,

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