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February 11, 2009
November 1, 2009 municipal general elections - It is possible to establish a party and to obtain authorization as a candidate well before the election period
Québec, February 11, 2009 –– In preparation for the municipal elections that will be held on November 1st of this year, Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, would like to inform those electors wishing to run as independent candidates in the elections that it is possible to obtain an authorization in this capacity effective immediately. Moreover, if they wish to establish a new political party, it may be advantageous to promptly submit an application for authorization to the Chief Electoral Officer.
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


September 28, 2007
By-election in Québec City on December 2, 2007 - POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS, ELECTION EXPENSES AND PRIVATE INTERVENORS: RULES MUST BE RESPECTED
Québec City, September 28, 2007 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, would like to remind the public about certain important rules regarding political contributions, the control of election expenses and the status of private intervenor during the election for the position of mayor of Québec City on December 2, 2007.
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


October 24, 2006
Evaluation Report of New Methods of Voting - The Chief Electoral Officer Makes a Disturbing Diagnosis of the Problems that Occurred during the Municipal Elections of November 6, 2005
Québec City, October 24, 2006 – Today, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, tabled in the National Assembly an evaluation report that makes a troubling diagnosis of the problems that occurred during the municipal elections of November 6, 2005, in some of the 162 Québec municipalities that used new methods of voting. One hundred and forty (140) municipalities used electronic voting while 22 “tested” the postal ballot. “The major problems that were encountered during polling and the release of results have eroded the confidence of many persons regarding the new methods of voting” recalled Me Blanchet. “It was in order to shed light on these events and determine what happened that I created an internal evaluation committee which conducted a review that is unprecedented in Québec.”
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


October 24, 2006
Evaluation Report of the New Methods of Voting - The Chief Electoral Officer Sets Very Stringent Conditions for the Future Use of Electronic Voting if it is Maintained
Québec City, October 24, 2006 – The review by the Chief Electoral Officer of the new methods of voting used during the municipal elections of November 6, 2005 leads him not only to question their value added, but to recommend very stringent conditions for the future use of electronic voting, if this method of voting is to be used again. In a report tabled today at the National Assembly, the Chief Electoral Officer, Me Marcel Blanchet, is very critical of the electronic voting systems that were used during last year’s municipal elections and on the manner in which they were used. In addition to noting that these systems did not seem to have lived up to expectations, he believes that electronic ballot boxes and voting terminals are vulnerable technologies. Furthermore, the manner in which they have been managed so far does not offer sufficient guarantees of transparency and security to ensure the integrity of the vote. As a result, the Chief Electoral Officer believes that it is up to the National Assembly to decide whether or not to maintain the use of these new methods of voting and that, for the time being, the moratorium on their use must be maintained.
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


October 23, 2006
Report on the Evaluation of New Methods of Voting
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


October 19, 2006
PRESS CONFERENCE - The Chief Electoral Officer will present his report on the assessment of the new methods of voting that were used during the Municipal Elections of November 6, 2005

Québec City, October 19, 2006 – The Chief Electoral Officer, Me Marcel Blanchet, would like to invite the media to a press conference at the National Assembly.

Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


November 9, 2005
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec is Very Concerned about the Difficulties Encountered in Transmitting Election Results
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Me Marcel Blanchet, is concerned about the difficulties encountered in transmitting the results of the municipal elections held on Sunday in certain municipalities that used electronic voting. “I intend to conduct a detailed analysis of the problems encountered during the voting and on the evening of the elections and ensure that they do not recur,” Me Blanchet stressed.
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


November 9, 2005
Special section on municipal elections
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


October 14, 2005
Web application for reports to be filed
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005, Municipal financing


October 12, 2005
New authorizations of municipal political parties
Taking advantage of this occasion, Mr. Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, wishes to announce that new political parties have been authorized at the municipal level: ...
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


September 28, 2005
Adolescents will be able to vote in the upcoming municipal elections
The Voters in training election simulation program will once again be proposed to the high schools and youth centres of Québec during municipal elections that will be held this fall. The organizers, the Centre de développement pour l’exercice de la citoyenneté (CDEC) and the Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal, are pleased to be able to count on the collaboration of the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec this year.
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


September 21, 2005
The rules concerning the control of election expenses will begin to apply on friday, September 23rd
Mr. Marcel Blanchet, Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, wishes to reiterate that a major milestone on the road leading to the November 6th municipal elections will be reached on Friday, September 23rd, the day on which the election period begins. “The unprecedented period that we are about to witness and during which more than 1,100 elections will be held simultaneously will seem even closer when the nomination period begins and when the pace of the election campaigns begins to pick up,” pointed out Mr. Blanchet.
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


September 16, 2005
The Chief Electoral Officer has sent the lists of domiciled electors that will serve as a basis for the lists of electors
The Chief Electoral Officer has just sent the returning officers of the 1108 municipalities holding elections on November 6th of this year the lists of domiciled electors that will serve as a basis for the lists of electors, in preparation for the municipal elections. This is the first time that almost all Québec municipalities will be holding elections on the same day and consequently, the first time that the Permanent list of electors (PLE), managed by the Chief Electoral Officer, will be used at the same time in all of the municipalities.
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


September 2, 2005
The “Municipal Elections” special section of the website of the Chief Electoral Officer: a very useful tool for Québec journalists
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec announces the putting on line of a special section of his website, which can be a very useful tool for journalists who will be covering the November 6th municipal elections. We are just a few weeks away from the election period which will begin on September 23rd, and which will be marked by the application of the rules governing the financing of the election campaigns of the various parties and candidates.
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


August 17, 2005
The Chief Electoral Officer has begun to give training to the main stakeholders in the municipal elections
The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec has begun to give the training that he offers to the returning officers of the 1108 Québec municipalities and 8 regional county municipalities where elections will be held on November 6th of this year. This week marks the resumption of the training offered to the treasurers of municipalities with a population of 5 000 or more and which are subject to Chapter XIII of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM). It is in mid-September that training will begin for official agents, official representatives and authorized independent candidates who will be active in municipalities with a population of 5 000 or more.
Categories : Municipal, Elections - general and RCMs 2005


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