Elections Canada

Elections Canada

February 21, 2008 14:13 ET

Last Day for Potential Candidates to File Nomination Papers for By-elections in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, Toronto Centre, Vancouver Quadra and Willowdale

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2008) - Elections Canada reminds potential candidates that nomination papers for the Monday, March 17, 2008, by-elections in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River (Saskatchewan), Toronto Centre (Ontario), Vancouver Quadra (British Columbia) and Willowdale (Ontario) must be submitted to the returning officer before 2:00 p.m. (local time) on Monday, February 25, 2008.

"The deadline for candidates to submit their nomination papers is firm," said Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. "There is no extension possible under the Canada Elections Act."

All nomination papers must include the names, addresses and signatures of at least 100 electors residing in the electoral district where the candidate is running. Each of these electors must sign the nomination paper in the presence of a witness.

A candidate has until 5:00 p.m. (local time) on Monday, February 25, 2008, to withdraw or make corrections to his or her name, address or occupation. No other changes are permitted by law.

Potential candidates are encouraged to file as early as possible to ensure that their nomination papers are in order by the close of nominations.

For further information, a potential candidate may contact the local Elections Canada office, visit www.elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868.

Federal by-elections will be held in Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River, Toronto Centre, Vancouver Quadra and Willowdale on Monday, March 17, 2008.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

IMPORTANT! All electors must meet new voter identification requirements. For more information on the options available to electors, visit www.elections.ca.

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