Close of Nominations & Next Steps
Close of Nominations
The nomination period for Saskatchewan’s 29th General Election came to an end at 2 p.m. this afternoon.
I would like to ask you to please pass along my genuine thanks and appreciation to each of your candidates. Placing your name on the ballot as a candidate in an election is one of the most important acts of public participation that anyone can make and deserves the highest respect in our society. Only 61 individuals are able to successfully move forward as Members of the Legislative Assembly but each candidate contributes to the exchange of ideas and thoughts which are vital to our democratic way of life.
To see a compete list of all nominated candidates, visit our website at https://www.elections.sk.ca/ candidates-political-parties/candidates/official-candidates/.
Next Steps – Ballot Printing
With the close of the nomination period, our focus turns to the printing of ballots. This election, for the first time, we have centralized much of the ballot printing with several larger printers. This should allow for more consistent processes and results. Over the next several days, our team, both in head office and in the field, will be inspecting and reviewing ballot proofs before signing off on printing.
Next Steps – Legislated Advertising
Section 51 of The Election Act, 1996 requires Elections Saskatchewan to publish certain information related to the election in local newspapers. This information includes:
Advertisements will run in Regina and Saskatoon dailies on October 17. In areas covered by weekly newspapers, these ads will run throughout the week of October 19 depending on the newspaper’s publication day.
Upcoming Deadline and Key Dates
Just a few quick reminders of upcoming deadlines and key dates:
Spread of COVID-19
Finally, just a brief mention that our team is very closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 in various parts of the province. In situations or locations where the spread of the disease will threaten voters’ access to the ballot, I may need to authorize alternative or modified voting arrangements. At all times, my guiding principles will be preserving the security and integrity of our system while ensuring eligible voters can cast their ballot. Should circumstances warrant changes to our traditional voting arrangements, I will inform you as soon as possible, through a Communique. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation during what will surely be an unprecedented election for the province.
Dr. Michael Boda
Chief Electoral Officer
Province of Saskatchewan