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Under the Local Authorities Election Act, a candidate’s official agent is: authorized to incur campaign expenses and accept or solicit campaign contributions on behalf of the candidate; be present in the voting location on election day (unless a candidate or candidate scrutineer is present) to observe the voting and make notice of objection as to voter eligibility; and may be present at an official recount of votes. Other duties of an official agent are those assigned by the candidate, according to Section 68.1. Provisions for being at the count of the ballot may not be available as the City of Chestermere uses tabulating machines.
According to the Local Authorities Election Act, a candidate may not accept an anonymous donation. If you have received an anonymous donation, your option is to return the donation or pay the amount of the donation to the Secretary of the City of Chestermere. See Sec 147.3(1)(j).
According to Section 21 of the Local Authorities Election Act,
"(1) A person may be nominated as a candidate in any election under this Act if on nomination day the person(a) is eligible to vote in that election,(b) has been a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for the 6 consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and(c) is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified."There are no other relevant provisions under this Act with respect to the residence requirements for candidates. The provisions for ineligibility to stand as a candidate are set out in section 21 of the Local Authorities Election Act, which is available online through Alberta Municipal Affairs. Therefore, any candidate who has been resident in the City of Chestermere for a period of six months is eligible to be a candidate in the municipal election. Further, as candidates swear an affidavit as to their eligibility to stand for election, which includes their address, this is acceptable proof of the fulfillment of the residency requirements. In the event that the candidate is elected, any breach of the eligibility rules, including residency, must be challenged by you through the courts.
If you do not meet any of these conditions, your deposit is paid into the general revenues of the local jurisdiction or the appropriate School District. (Section 30, Local Authorities Election Act.)
However, you can only withdraw your nomination if the number of remaining candidates meets the positions in the race. For example, if you are running for Councillor in a local jurisdiction with 6 seats and there are only six nominated candidates, no candidate may withdraw. (Section 32, Local Authorities Election Act).