||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 day||18||18||18|
|Residency in electoral district||Yes, 6 months in municipality||Yes & no, see Act||No|
|Other eligibility requirements||Yes, see Act||Yes, see Act||Yes, see Act|
|Deposit||$100 in NS||$100 minimum||$1,000|
|Number of nominators||At least 5 qualified voters||At least 5 qualified voters||100 or 50,|
|Appointment of official agent||Required, see Act||Required||Required|
|Statement of party affiliation & confirmation||None ||Required||Required|
|Nomination Day||2nd Tuesday in September ||Tuesday, 14 days before Polling Day in NS||Monday, 21 days before Polling Day|
|Usual Polling Day||3rd Saturday in October||Tuesday ||Monday|
|Campaign period||Approx. 8 weeks||Approx 4 ½ weeks||36 days minimum|
|Maximum time between elections||3-4 years||5 years ||5 years|
|Limits to campaign spending||Yes, see Act||Yes, see Act||Yes, 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.