Province Modernizes Elections Legislation

first_img The act consolidates Nova Scotia’s law on election administration and election finance. greater independence and accountability for the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer make the Chief Electoral Officer an officer of the Legislature expanded opportunities to vote improved protection of personal information consolidated financial measures more opportunities for youth to participate in the administration of elections The first major changes to the Elections Act in 25 years were introduced today, May 6, by Justice Minister Ross Landry. The new legislation will modernize the act and provide more transparency and accountability in provincial elections. “In recent years, we have seen a steady decline in the number of Nova Scotians who exercise their democratic right to vote,” said Mr. Landry. “This new act includes many changes that should enhance voting opportunities, in an effort to improve voter participation.” The new act is primarily based on work done by the province’s Chief Electoral Officer, who conducted a review of the current act at the request of the House of Assembly. The changes modernize language and offer improvements such as:last_img read more