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Do You Qualify as a Candidate?

To sum up, here is a table based on one prepared by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. It provides at a glance what you need to qualify as a candidate at all three levels of government.

Qualifying as a Candidate
Minimum age on polling day181818
Residency in electoral districtYes, 6 months in municipalityYes & no, see ActNo
Other eligibility requirementsYes, see ActYes, see ActYes, see Act
Deposit$100 in NS$100 minimum$1,000
Number of nominatorsAt least 5 qualified votersAt least 5 qualified voters100 or 50,
see Act
Appointment of official agentRequired, see ActRequiredRequired
Statement of party affiliation & confirmationNone RequiredRequired
Nomination Day2nd Tuesday in September Tuesday, 14 days before Polling Day in NSMonday, 21 days before Polling Day
Usual Polling Day3rd Saturday in OctoberTuesday Monday
Campaign periodApprox. 8 weeksApprox 4 ½ weeks36 days minimum
Maximum time between elections3-4 years5 years 5 years
Limits to campaign spendingYes, see ActYes, see ActYes, see Act

* Some of the information in the municipal and provincial columns applies only to Nova Scotia. Check your Chief Electoral Officer’s site for details related to you local or provincial government, referred to in Section's More on the Issue.

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