Press Release No. 3 - By-elections of September 29, 2008 - Private Intervenors

    QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - In view of the by-election scheduled
in the Jean-Talon electoral division on September 29, 2008, the Chief
Electoral Officer of Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, would like to remind the
public about the rules governing the status of private intervenor.
    Pursuant to the Election Act, any election expense incurred during a
by-election to directly or indirectly promote or oppose a candidate or party
during the election period must be incurred and authorized by the official
agent of a candidate. However, the Election Act offers the possibility for
electors or groups not constituted as legal entities and the majority of whose
members are qualified electors, to incur expenses in order to publicize their
opinion on a topic of public interest, by assigning them the status of private
    To enjoy this status, the elector or group representative must first
obtain an authorization from the returning officer of his electoral division.
For the September 29th by-election, the application for authorization must be
submitted between September 2 and September 16, 2008 inclusive. Relevant forms
are available in the "Forms" section on the Website of the Chief Electoral
Officer at
    Although private intervenors can publicize their opinion on a topic of
public interest or advocate abstention or the spoiling of ballots, they cannot
directly promote a candidate or party. Neither can they be members of a party
or act directly on behalf of a candidate or party.
    In addition, private intervenors can only incur publicity expenses of no
more than $300 from their personal property in order to publicize their
message. However, the Act forbids private intervenors from incurring expenses
jointly with anyone else; that is, another private intervenor, a political
party, a candidate, etc.
    Private intervenors must submit a return of all their expenses to the
Chief Electoral Officer within 30 days after polling day.
    For more information about private intervenors, contact the Info Centre
of the Chief Electoral Officer at 1 888 ELECTION (1 888 353-2846).

    Source: Cynthia Gagnon
            Information Officer
            418 644-3320 or 1 888 870-3320

For further information:

For further information: Cynthia Gagnon, Information Officer, (418)
644-3320, 1-888-870-3320,

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