December 20, 2013 – Elections Saskatchewan has completed a report recommending updates to The Elections Act, 1996.
Toward an Improved Legislative Framework for Elections in Saskatchewan – Step One: Recommended Amendments for Saskatchewan’s 28th General Election, a publication within the Chief Electoral Officer’s Assessment series, was released today.
The report recommends 15 specific legislative amendments that respond to specific needs identified for modernizing Saskatchewan’s electoral process in advance of the provincial general election, currently scheduled for November 2, 2015. These are:
“Over time, Saskatchewan’s electoral legislative framework has become dated and no longer fully reflects the expectations of citizens or current best practices compared to other jurisdictions across the country and around the world,” said Dr. Michael Boda, Saskatchewan’s Chief Electoral Officer.
“This report is the first step in a two-step process designed to modernize Saskatchewan’s election law. Step Two, to be conducted in preparation for the province’s 29th general election, will include more far-reaching recommendations that will take longer to implement.”
The recommendations in this initial Assessment fall into three broad categories:
“The current recommendations require timely consideration so that all changes are in place well in advance of the general elections, allowing for the adequate planning, organizing and training of election officials across the province,” Boda said.
Elections Saskatchewan is the province’s independent, impartial, professional election management body. Given a mandate from the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, it organizes, manages and oversees provincial electoral events.
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