Nomination period begins for the Ontario Provincial Election

TORONTO, September 11, 2007 — The Chief Electoral Officer, John Hollins, announced today that nomination papers for the provincial election on October 10, 2007, may now be submitted to the local returning officer. All nomination papers must be submitted no later than 2:00 p.m., on Tuesday, September 18, 2007. Nomination forms are available online on the Forms page or for pick-up at the local returning office.

The nomination paper must be signed by the candidate and at least 25 qualified electors residing in the electoral district. The form must also be accompanied by a $200 deposit.

For the first time in a provincial election, the ballot will include political party names. For a candidate’s political party to be shown on the ballot, a letter of endorsement from the political party must be sent to the Chief Electoral Officer by the close of nominations.

"We encourage candidates to make an appointment with the returning officer as soon as possible to submit their nomination paper," stated John Hollins, Chief Electoral Officer.

Before confirming a nomination, the returning officer must check that the nomination paper contains the required information and signatures, including the specified number of elector signatures.

In addition to filing nomination papers with the Returning Officer, candidates must also register with the Election Finances division of Elections Ontario before they can accept contributions or incur campaign expenses. The registration form (Form C-1) is available online or from the Election Finances division. It must be received by Election Finances no later than October 9, 2007.

For further information, candidates may contact the office of their local returning officer or call 1 888 ONT-VOTE (1 888 668-8683).

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