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January 15, 2014
Running in the Upcoming School Elections - Anyone who Wishes to Run can be Authorized Immediately
Québec City, January 15, 2014 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, would like to inform those who would like to run in the November 2 school elections that they can be authorized immediately by the returning officer of their school board. This authorization enables them especially to receive contributions or incur loans to finance their political activities. During the 2007 school general elections, candidates received a total of $747,000 in contributions incurred loans for a total of $336,000 and filed returns showing total election expenses of more than $1,045 million.
Categories : School Board, School board financing, DGE


December 6, 2013
Press release No. 9 – By-elections of December 9, in Outremont and Viau - 214 polling stations will be open on polling day
Quebec City, December 6, 2012 –– Concerning the by-elections in the electoral divisions of Outremont and Viau, to be held on Monday, December 9, 2013, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, is reporting that a total of 214 polling stations, spread over 33 polling places, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. 105 polling stations will be open in Outremont, while 109 will receive the electors in Viau.
Categories : Provincial, By-elections, DGE


December 6, 2013
At the Château Frontenac from December 8 to 11 - Québec is hosting an international conference of specialists in government ethics
Quebec City, December 6, 2013 – Beginning this Sunday, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, the Lobbyists Commissioner , the Ethics Commissioner, and the Commission d'accès à l'information will host the 35th Annual Conference of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL). The event will bring together around 300 participants from Canada, the United States and Australia.
Categories : Divers, DGE


November 28, 2013
Municipal elections of November 3, 2013 - 160 political parties and 2,345 authorized independent candidates must file a return of election expenses
Quebec City, November 28, 2013 - Following the November 3, 2013 municipal elections, official agents of the 160 political parties having run at least one candidate and 2,345 authorized independent candidates from 184 Quebec municipalities subject to the rules governing the financing and control of election expenses must file a return of election expenses. The treasurers of these municipalities will audit all 2,505 returns, drawing up a balance sheet for some 4,089 candidates, whether authorized independent candidates or from political parties, who incurred expenses during the most recent elections.
Categories : Municipal, Municipal financing, DGE


November 28, 2013
Press release No. 8 – By-election of December 9, in Outremont and Viau - Various procedures are available for electors wishing to exercise their right to vote
Quebec City, November 28, 2013 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, reminds electors that there are various ways for them to exercise their right to vote in the by-elections of December 9. Mr. Drouin also reminds them that registration on the list of electors is a pre-requisite for exercising their right to vote. Duly registered electors can then vote on polling day or at an advance poll, a mobile polling station, at their domiciles, or at the office of the returning officer.
Categories : Provincial, By-elections, DGE


November 15, 2013
Municipal political parties - The Chief Electoral Officer revokes Union Montréal's authorization
Quebec City, November 15, 2013 –The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, has handed down on November 12 a decision to withdraw the authorization of the municipal political party, Union Montréal. The fact that the party did not designate a leader by the deadline stipulated in the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM), and in the manner prescribed by the AERM, is one of the reasons for the decision. It may be recalled that the interim leader of Union Montréal, Richard Deschamps, resigned on May 9, 2013. The party also failed to provide, by the prescribed deadline, information pertaining to the naming of a second leader following the resignation of Marie Potvin on April 2, 2013.
Categories : Municipal, Municipal financing, Authorized political parties, DGE


November 13, 2013
Communiqué No. 6 – By-election of December 9, 2013 in Outremont and Viau - The electors of Outremont and Viau are invited to ensure that they are registered on the list of electors
Quebec City, November 13, 2013 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, invites the electors of the electoral divisions of Outremont and Viau to make sure that their names appear on the list of electors in order that they may exercise their right to vote in the upcoming by-election of December 9, 2013. Revision of the list of electors is carried out from November 18 to 26, 2013, and will be followed by a special revision period that will last until December 5, 2015.
Categories : Provincial, By-elections, DGE


November 11, 2013
Press release No. 4 – By-election of December 9, 2013 in Outremont and Viau - In the electoral debate, third parties must respect the equity rules outlined in the Election Act
Quebec City, November 11, 2013– In the wake of the recently announced by-elections in the electoral divisions of Outremont and Viau, the Chief Electoral Officer, Jacques Drouin, would like to underscore certain rules outlined in the Election Act designed to guarantee equal opportunity among the parties and candidates involved in this vote. In particular, he wishes to point out that third parties may not incur expenses to promote or oppose a candidate of a party or an independent candidate. This should not however preclude the expression of opinions by means not involving election expenses as defined in the Act.
Categories : Provincial, By-elections, DGE


November 11, 2013
Press release No. 5 – By-elections of June 11 in Outremont and Viau - Mobile polling in residential facilities and at the elector's domicile
Quebec City, November 11, 2013 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, would like to remind all electors with reduced mobility from the electoral divisions of Outremont and Viau that they can exercise their right to vote at their domicile or in a residential facility. It should however be noted that in the case of these alternative polling methods, an application must be addressed to the returning officer with due dispatch.
Categories : Provincial, By-elections, DGE


November 8, 2013
Press release No. 3 – By-election of December 9, 2013 in Outremont and Viau - Voting by mail for electors who are temporarily absent from Québec
Quebec City, November 7, 2013 –– The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Jacques Drouin, wishes to inform electors from the electoral divisions of Outremont and Viau that they may register as of now to vote by mail if they expect to be outside Québec on election day (December 9, 2013) and during advance polling (December 1 and 2, 2013), and if they are unable to vote at the office of the returning officer on any of the following five days: November 29 and 30 and December 3, 4 and 5, 2013.
Categories : Provincial, By-elections, DGE


November 8, 2013
Press release No. 2 – By-elections of December 9, 2013 in Outremont and Viau - Election expenses and political contributions: rules to respect
Quebec City, November 8, 2013 – Concerning the by-elections of December 9, 2013 in the electoral division of Outremont and Viau, Jacques Drouin, the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, wishes to remind electors and candidates of the main rules included in the Election Act with respect to the control of election expenses and the soliciting of political contributions. It should be underlined from the outset that the rules concerning election expenses are in force since yesterday, i.e. the beginning of the election period, until the closing of polling stations on December 9, 2013.
Categories : Provincial, By-elections, DGE


November 6, 2013
Press release No. 1 – By-elections on December 9, 2013 - By-elections in the electoral divisions of Outremont and Viau on December 9, 2013
Quebec City, November 6, 2013 –– In accordance with an order issued today by the government of Québec, the Chief Electoral Officer, Jacques Drouin, must hold two by-elections on Monday, December 9, 2013 in the electoral divisions of Outremont and Viau.
Categories : Provincial, By-elections, DGE


November 1st, 2013
Vote counting on November 3 - The Chief Electoral Officer authorizes the counting of advance poll ballots to start at 6 p.m., under certain conditions
Quebec City, November 1, 2013 – In the wake of the advance poll last Sunday, which featured high voter turnout in certain Québec municipalities, the Chief Electoral Officer has used the special powers conferred upon him by law to allow, under certain conditions, counting of advance poll ballots to start at 6:00 p.m. on November 3, 2013. We should recall that under the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM), vote counting must begin at 8:00 p.m. after polling stations close. In cases where one or several ballot boxes used during the advance poll contain more than 300 ballots, the returning officer may, when appropriate, allow vote counting to begin two hours earlier. This reduces the wait for final results of elections.
Categories : Municipal, DGE, Elections - general and RCMs 2013


October 11, 2013
Running for office in the November 3 municipal elections - The Chief Electoral Officer provides an update of nominations for office in municipalities with 5,000 or more residents
Quebec City, October 11, 2013 – More candidates but fewer political parties than in 2009 are seeking electors’ votes in the run-up to the general elections of November 3, 2013 in municipalities with over 5,000 residents, according to the latest update provided by the Chief Electoral Officer of Québec at the close of the nomination period on Friday October 4. Fewer than 30 percent of all candidates are women in the 184 municipalities reviewed by the Chief Electoral Officer, and most are over 50 years of age.
Categories : Municipal, DGE, Elections - general and RCMs 2013


October 3, 2013
DGEQ's ten recommendations for a healthy democracy
Québec City, October 3, 2013 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec, Mr. Jacques Drouin, unveiled today the DGEQ’s 2012-2013 annual report which includes that of the Commission de la représentation électorale du Québec (CRE). You can consult it at the following link: http://www.electionsquebec.qc.ca/english/about-us/dge-annual-reports.php
Categories : CRE, DGE


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