The independent candidate must obtain an authorization to solicit or collect contributions, incur election expenses or contract loans.
This authorization is granted by the returning officer of the municipality to every elector who undertakes to run as an independent candidate, from January 1st of the year preceding that in which a general election must be held in the municipality or, in the case of a by-election, from the day when the seat becomes vacant.
The authorization may also be granted by the assistant returning officer authorized to receive a nomination paper in the case where the application for authorization is made during the election period.
To apply for authorization, you can complete the appropriate form and send it to the returning officer of your municipality. Should you designate yourself as your official agent and representative, you must indicate your name in section 3 of the form.
You can also request an authorization at the time of the filing of your nomination paper, by completing the appropriate section on the nomination form.
The independent candidate must in particular designate an official representative and make sure of the information concerning him in the Register of authorized political entities of the Directeur général des élections. An independent candidate may also designate himself to act as his own official representative.
Every independent candidate can:
The official representative of an authorized independent candidate has to be the same person as the official agent. Each of these two roles is of great importance in the election campaign of a candidate.
The person acting as a representative and official agent is required to follow, within 10 days of his appointment, training on the rules of political financing and election expenses given by the DGEQ.
The role of the official representative consists of, for instance:
As the official agent, his role consists of, for instance:
The authorization granted to an independent candidate expires on December 31st of the second calendar year following the year of the election, unless it is withdrawn prior to this date.
The authorization of an independent candidate who is elected and who, on that date, has not paid all the debts arising from his election expenses, expires the day of transmission of the financial report confirming that all debts have been paid.