Elections Nova Scotia

Pictou West By-election 2024

A by-election was held on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in the electoral district of Pictou West.

Pictou West By-election Official Addition

Official addition results for the Pictou West by-election were released on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

Marco MacLeod, Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia (PC) has been confirmed as the winner for the Pictou West by-election

The final vote count for each candidate is as follows:

Clare Brett, Green Party of Nova Scotia (Green Party) - 82

Melinda MacKenzie, Nova Scotia New Democratic Party (NSNDP) - 949

Marco MacLeod, Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia (PC) – 4,159

Mary Wooldridge-Elliott, Nova Scotia Liberal Party (Liberal) - 548

The total number of ballots cast was 5,781. There were 43 rejected ballots.

Follow this link for more detail on the results of the Pictou West by-election.

Poll-by-poll results and further analysis on voter turnout for the Pictou West by-election will be published in Elections Nova Scotia’s post-election report in the coming months.

A candidate is officially declared elected when the writ of election has been completed and returned by the returning officer to the Chief Electoral Officer per section 159 of the Elections Act.

The deadline for application to a judge for a recount for the Pictou West by-election is four days after the official addition, Monday, May 27, 2024.

Pictou West By-election Media Releases

The following media releases have been issued for the Pictou West by-election.

Candidate and Party Spending Limits for the Pictou West By-election?

The following amounts are determined according to the Elections Act (updated to include CPI adjustments):
Initial Number of Electors: 11,924 (as of April 21, 2024)
Candidate Spending Limit*: $83,059.29
Candidate Reimbursement Limit: $23,159.10
Registered Party Spending Limit: $7,773.25
Third Party Spending Limit: $2,716.40
*Candidate spending limit may be adjusted based on the number of electors on the Final List of Electors. The final list will be completed after election day.

Financial Reporting Deadlines for the Pictou West By-election

Elections Nova Scotia reminds candidates, registered political parties, and third party advertisers from the Pictou West by-election held on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, that financial reports are due in the weeks and months ahead. All reports must be sent to the Chief Electoral Officer.

Candidate tax receipts are due 30 days after election day, June 20, 2024.

Candidate financial reports, including audit reports, are due (80 days after writ) on August 19,2024. It is also important to remember that there are fines of $50 per day for late candidate reports.

Registered party financial reports are due (120 days after Writ) on September 28, 2024.

Third party election advertising reports are due on September 21, 2024.

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