The Nomination Process
This section provides a brief overview of the information included on the nomination paper and the nomination process.
Form of Nomination
Your nomination must be filed using the prescribed form (Form 3 – Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance Appendix "A”). To seek advice on filling out the form accurately, the CAO, or the Returning Officer, will be able to help you.
- Your nomination paper must be signed by at least five (5) voters eligible to vote in the election.
- The signatures collected must be of people who are a resident of the Town of Three Hills on the date of signing the nomination, and include the voter’s name, address (street address or legal description of residence) and signature.
In addition to the signatures, the nomination paper must also be complete with the written acceptance signed in the prescribed form by the person nominated.
If you do not have the required number of signatures on your nomination form, your form will not be accepted by the Returning Officer.
Candidates Written Acceptance
The Candidate’s written acceptance includes:
- The person is eligible to be elected to the office;
- The name, address and telephone number of the person’s official agent (if applicable); and
- That the person will accept the office if elected.
The acceptance is an affidavit that must be sworn or affirmed before a Commissioner for Oaths or the Returning Officer.
Please ensure that the Candidate’s Acceptance section is completed. How your name appears on the nomination form will be how it appears on the ballot.
Note: Under the Criminal Code (Canada), it is an offence to make a false affidavit and is punishable by up to 14-years imprisonment.
Filing the Nomination Form
A "Notice of Nomination Day” will be advertised once a week for two weeks prior to Nomination Day. Every person who wishes to be a candidate must present his or her nomination papers in person to the Returning Officer on (Nomination Day) Monday September 18, 2017 between 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon at the Town of Three Hills Office (232 Main Street).
The Returning Officer CANNOT accept nominations after 12:00 noon on Nomination Day.
Nomination forms must be hand delivered. It is always a good idea to deliver your nomination form to the Returning Officer in person; however, anyone may file your nomination paper on your behalf. If you are unable to file your nomination paper yourself, ensure that the nomination paper is completed fully prior to Nomination Day.
You, as the candidate, are responsible for ensuring that the nomination form is fully completed and meets the requirements for filing under section 27 of the Local Authorities Election Act.
Nomination Papers may NOT be submitted by fax or electronic mail.
If a nomination is not signed by at least the minimum number of electors (5) required to sign the nomination, the Returning Office shall not accept it for filing.
It is not the Returning Officer’s responsibility to rule on the validity of the information contained in the nomination paper. However, the Returning Officer may point out known discrepancies. The responsibility lies with the courts, if the election or nominations is challenged by an elector.
Candidates may withdraw their nomination form within 24 hours from the close of nominations, provided the number of candidates nominated exceeds the number of positions for the office you are seeking.
If candidates choose to withdraw, they must provide written notice, in person, to the Returning Officer.
In the event, that the number of nominations filed is less than the number of vacancies in the Town of Three Hills, the Returning Officer will be available to receive nominations the next day (and for a period of up to 6 days, if required) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
Nominations Equal Number of Vacancies
If by noon on any of the days, the number of candidates nominated equals the number of vacancies in the Town of Three Hills, nominations will be closed and the Returning Officer will declare the candidates elected by acclamation (no election will be held).
Nominations Exceed Number of Vacancies
If more than the required nominations are received by noon on any of the days, nominations will be closed and the election will be held according to process.
If, at any time during voting hours, a person who is at least 18 years old presents to the presiding deputy a written notice, in a form acceptable to the returning officer, signed by a candidate, and stating that the person presenting the notice is to represent that candidate as the candidate’s scrutineer at the voting station, the person presenting the notice shall be recognized by the presiding deputy as the scrutineer of the candidate.
Of note: A person who has within, the previous 10 years, been convicted of an offence under the Local Authorities Election Act, the Election Act or the Canada Elections Act is not eligible to be recognized as a scrutineer.