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Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada following the May 12, 2003, and the June 16, 2003, by-elections

Communicating with candidates, official agents and auditors

During each by-election, the candidates and their official agents and auditors received all election documentation and maps from the returning officers.

The three returning officers met with the various representatives of the political parties – including candidates and campaign chairs – to make sure that everyone received the same information. We believe that these meetings are important because they encourage discussion and explanations of the various procedures by which electors can vote, the rules to follow on election day, and the election officer positions for which the candidates or political parties may recommend applicants. Informal evaluations after the by-elections indicated that the meetings were well received by the political parties.