ELMS Update, Business Manager Training & Annual Return Reminder

ELMS Update

We are continuing to expand the capabilities of ELMS, our online filing application, to better serve registered political  parties, candidates and auditors. The next module to be developed will allow registered political parties to complete and submit their annual fiscal period return through ELMS. We plan to make this available in time for next spring’s annual return deadline

If you would like to be involved in this project or if you have feedback or ideas that you would like to see in this module, I hope that you will be in touch with Jennifer Colin, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, at [email protected] or 306.787.4061.       

I also wanted to remind you that all registered political parties will be required to use ELMS to complete and file their election return. We’ll be happy to assist you through this process.

Business Manager Training

Elections Saskatchewan is planning to offer training for interested business managers in advance of the coming election. Given the current circumstances, we will be exploring a variety of delivery and training methods. Please feel free to share ideas and thoughts to Jennifer Colin on how we can best meet the training needs of your candidates’ business managers.

Annual Returns – Reminder

On March 20, I let you know that due to ongoing restrictions and interruptions caused by COVID-19, registered political parties would not be required to submit audited annual returns by the Thursday, April 30, 2020 deadline. I want to remind you, however, that parties must still scan and email a completed annual return before Thursday, April 30, even if the audit has not yet been completed.

Once normal business resumes, your return must be audited, and a copy, along with all supporting documentation, must be provided to us. No unaudited returns will be posted online – a message has been placed on our website letting the public know that we have extended the deadline for the filing of audited returns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Again, if you have questions, please be in touch with Jennifer.

I hope that you are well in what are proving to be challenging times. I will continue to communicate with you through these Communiques over the coming months as needed but if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me directly. I would be very happy to speak with you.


Dr. Michael Boda
Chief Electoral Officer
Province of Saskatchewan