Candidate Information

*Update*


The Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidate Forum on September 4, 2019 at 5:30PM. For more information please visit their website by clicking here.

The Minister of Municipal Affairs has granted the City of Wetaskiwin an extension to hold the By-election on September 11, 2019. 
The deadline for Nominations is July 31, 2019 at 12 Noon.


Candidate Nomination Packages

The Nomination Package contains important information on City Council and the position of Councillor. Candidates should review the package in its entirety prior to submitting their Nomination form to the Returning Officer.
  • The Nomination Package may be downloaded by clicking here.
  • Candidates may also pick up a paper copy of the package from Wetaskiwin City Hall located at 4705 - 50 Avenue.
*Please note that information may be added to the Nomination Package, as such be sure to check back to this page for any updates. 



Dates

Candidates, please take notice of the following dates:
  • The Nomination deadline is July 31, 2019 at 12 Noon.
  • The Advanced Vote is September 7, 2019 from 12 Noon until 6 PM.
  • Election Day will be held September 11, 2019 from 10 AM to 8 PM.

*Please Note 

Recent amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act have come into full force. Please review the following attachments to become familiar with the changes:


FAQ



Q: I want to become a candidate, what do I need to do?
A: To be eligible, you must be:
  • at least 18 years old on Election Day, September 11, 2019;
  • a Canadian Citizen; and
  • a resident of the City of Wetaskiwin since March 2019.
You must fill out and submit your Nomination to the Returning Officer at City Hall prior to July 31 at 12:00 PM (Noon) which must be accompanied by the Nomination deposit of $50.00 and payable by cash, cheque, cash order, or money order only. The Nomination must be signed by a minimum of five residents of the City of Wetaskiwin, who are over the age of 18 and who are Canadian Citizens.

Q: I only want to self-fund my campaign, can I do that?
A: Yes, a candidate is allowed to self-fund up to $4,000. 

Q: Some of my friends would like to donate to my campaign, is that allowed?
A: Yes, you may fund your campaign using donations from other people and each contributor may donate a maximum of $4,000. Candidates must provide receipts to all donations, regardless of the amount of the donation. Candidates are also required, when filing their Financial Disclosure Statements, to include a list of names of those who donated in excess of $50.00.
In addition, Candidates may not accept donations from the following:
  • Corporations and Unincorporated Organizations (includes Trade Unions and Employee Organizations);
  • Individuals who are donating funds that have been given to the by a prohibited party for the purpose of making that donation;
  • Individuals who are donating funds that do not belong to them;
  • Individuals who reside outside of Alberta; and
  • Anonymous Donors.

Q: Do I need to keep receipts of everything I buy for the campaign?
A: Yes, these receipts will be submitted with your financial disclosure statements which must be filed by November 21st, 2019. Neglecting to file your financial disclosure statements could make you ineligible for the next election, or it could disqualify you as a Councillor. For any gifts received such as pins being gifted or signs donated, they must be valued and that value is recorded as an election contribution. 

Q: Regarding election signage, while election signs cannot be placed on City property (including roads and boulevards), can I put a sign on my car and park my car on the side of the road?
A: The Wetaskiwin Election Signage bylaw does not cover vehicle signs and as such, vehicle signs are exempt from public property restrictions. Please note that on Election Day (September 11, 2019) or any of the advanced vote days, vehicles with election signs may not be within 50 metres of any voting station including institutional vote locations.

Election signage in the City of Wetaskiwin may only be erected between the day when the Election is called and 24 hours after the closing of polling stations. Furthermore, signs may only be freestanding. 

Furthermore, signs cannot:
  • be placed on City of Wetaskiwin property or on any highways or roads within City limits and;
  • be fixed to utility poles or boxes, trees, planters, benches, waste receptacles, newspaper boxes or other similar fixtures, and;
  • impede or obstruct any traffic signal, cannot resemble any traffic sign, and cannot obstruct the view of any person operating a vehicle, and;
  • be placed on private property without prior consent of the property owner beforehand, and;
  • on Election Day or the days of advanced vote, display a vehicle election sign within 50 metres of any polling station. View a map of polling stations and the 50 metre radius surrounding them.
    View a map of the buffer zones.

Q: If I want to have a scrutineer at a voting station what do I need to do?

A: A scrutineer is an individual who observes the voting or ballot counting procedure on behalf of a candidate at a voting station. Prior to arriving at the voting station on Election Day, the scrutineer must have in their possession a signed letter from the candidate stating that they are authorized by the candidate to act as their scrutineer. Once at the voting station, the Presiding Deputy Returning Officer or the Returning Officer will process them and get them set up as a scrutineer.


Resources



Additional Information

For further information or if you have any questions regarding the Election, please contact Jacqueline Pelechytik, Returning Officer at 780-361-4420 or at jacqueline.pelechytik@wetaskiwin.ca

Please check back regularly as information on this page is subject to change and/or additional information may be posted. The above information is provided as a courtesy to potential candidates and the City of Wetaskiwin is in no way responsible for errors or omissions. Please consult the Local Authorities Election Act as a comprehensive guide to the election. It is the responsibility of the candidates to read and understand the legislation and bylaws concerning this election.