Elections Nova Scotia

Cumberland South By-election – Nomination Fee Waived

Release date: 
April 18, 2018

Cumberland South By-election – Nomination Fee Waived  

April 18, 2018 

Chief Electoral Officer, Richard Temporale, is notifying registered parties and prospective candidates that, for the upcoming Cumberland South by-election, the nomination deposit will not be required as part of the nomination process outlined in Section 65(2)(b) of the Act.


Under Section 5(r) of the Act, the Chief Electoral Officer may modify any provision of this Act to permit its use at a by-election.


Following the 40th Provincial General Election, several recommended changes to the Elections Act were made in Volume II: Report on the Conduct of the May 30, 2017 Provincial General Election and Recommendations for Legislative Change, dated December 2017. 

The recommendation that the $200 candidate nomination deposit requirement be removed received unanimous support from the members of the Election Commission who represent the three parties with two or more elected members in the House of Assembly.

To date, there are two registered candidates: Tory Rushton, for Progressive Conservative Association on Nova Scotia (PC), and Larry Duchesne for Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.

Under the House of Assembly Act, a writ must be issued by July 24, six months from the date the vacancy occurred. 


Contact:       Andy LeBlanc 
                    Director, Policy and Communications 
                    Elections Nova Scotia 


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