The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (the "Office" or "Elections Saskatchewan") is an independent office of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly.
To ensure the right of the people of Saskatchewan to participate freely in honest, open and fair electoral events, and to encourage the involvement of political parties, candidates and electors by raising their awareness and understanding of electoral processes that are transparent, efficient and accessible.
The Office is a non-partisan body whose primary mandate is to direct and supervise the administrative and financial conduct of provincial electoral events. The Office and its activities are directed by the Chief Electoral Officer, as appointed by resolution of the Legislative Assembly. Under The Election Act, 1996 (Saskatchewan) (the "Election Act") the Office is responsible for the administration of provincial elections, by-elections, enumerations (other than during a writ of election) and provincial election finances.
The Office is additionally charged with the administration of the Province's newly adopted political contributions tax credit disclosure regime under The Political Contributions Tax Credit Act, 2001 (Saskatchewan) (the "Tax Credit Act"). The Office periodically administers and oversees both referenda and plebiscites under The Referendum and Plebiscite Act, 1991 (Saskatchewan) and time votes under The Time Act, 1978 (Saskatchewan).
The Office's mandate demands the conduct of fair and equitable procedural, operational, administrative and financial electoral practices. The Office's mission is to enable provincial political stakeholders to exercise their constitutional entitlement by ensuring impartiality and statutory compliance under the Election Act. The Office's goal is to facilitate provincial electors, registered political parties and candidates in the exercise of their democratic right, as entrenched in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.