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Guideline: 2021-07 (January 2022)

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The Chief Electoral Officer issues guidelines and interpretation notes on the application of the Canada Elections Act to registered parties, registered associations, nomination contestants, candidates and leadership contestants, in accordance with section 16.1 of the Act. Before the issuance of any guideline or interpretation note, registered federal political parties and the Commissioner of Canada Elections are consulted and invited to provide comments on a draft version. Guidelines and interpretation notes provide guidance and promote consistency in the interpretation and application of the Act. However, they are for information only and do not displace the provisions of the Act.


Addendum to the Guidelines for Candidates' Representatives

This three-part guideline is an addendum to OGI 2019-05, Guidelines for Candidates' Representatives (EC 20045). Each part contains additional information and provisions for candidates' representatives attending voting places and political party representatives attending the national special ballot count.

Part 1 – Additional Guidelines for Observing Voting Operations at Ordinary and Advance Polling Places (EC 20045A)

This document is for candidates' representatives attending an ordinary or advance polling place. It is a companion to OGI 2019-05, Guidelines for Candidates' Representatives (EC 20045). It contains information on pandemic-related health and safety measures at polling locations and related impacts on candidates' representatives.

Part 2 – Guidelines for Observing Special Ballot Voting Operations and Special Ballot Verification and Counting at Returning Offices (EC 78058)

This document is for candidates' representatives attending a service centre located in a local Elections Canada office to observe registration or voting activities. The document also covers the counting of local special ballots. It contains information on special voting rules, the rights and responsibilities of candidates' representatives, pandemic-related health and safety measures and ballot counting procedures.

Part 3 – Guidelines for Observing Counting Operations at the Office of the Special Voting Rules Administrator (EC 22005)

This document is for political party representatives attending the office of the Special Voting Rules Administrator at 440 Coventry Road in Ottawa, Ontario. It contains information on naming political party representatives, pandemic-related health and safety measures, and the rights and responsibilities of party representatives.