Principles of Election Administration

Excerpt from Nisga’a Elections Act

UNOFFICIAL CONSOLIDATION – CURRENT TO November 28, 2013

Page 89

SCHEDULE

Principles of Election Administration

For the purposes of section 70, it is expected that

  1. the election administration will at all times strive to demonstrate respect for Nisga'a law, by

    1. complying with all applicable Nisga'a enactments,

    2. ensuring that this Act is implemented in an impartial fashion, within the legal framework of Nisga'a Government, and

    3. ensuring that every candidate, voter and other participant in an election or referendum is treated fairly and justly,

  2. the election administration will strive to function independently and act impartially, performing all their tasks in a politically neutral fashion,

  3. each member of the election administration will strive to

    1. act in an unbiased manner in every matter respecting a candidate or voter,

    2. do nothing that could indicate, or be seen as indicating, support for a candidate, referendum outcome, political actor or political tendency,

    3. at all times behave without reproach, exercise sound judgment, and observe the highest levels of personal discretion and integrity,

    4. disclose any relationship that could lead to a conflict of interest with their duties as an election administrator,

    5. reject any improper influence,

    6. accept directions relating to the administration of an election or referendum only from persons properly authorized to function as part of the election administration,

    7. not participate in any unauthorized activity, including any private activity, that could lead to actual or perceived conflict of interest with their duties as an election administrator,

    8. not participate in any unauthorized activity, including any private activity, that could lead to a perception of sympathy for a particular candidate, referendum outcome, political actor or political tendency,

    9. not express a view on any subject that is likely to be an issue in an election or referendum, and

    10. not communicate with any voter on a matter partisan significance,

  4. the election administration will strive to function transparently, and each member of the election administration, within their area of responsibility, will strive to be prepared to

    1. in response to reasonable requests, arrange access to relevant documents and information, within the framework of Nisga'a law,

    2. ensure that each candidate can fully and effectively exercise their legal rights,

    3. consult with participants in election or referendum processes in relation to specific decisions, if it is appropriate to do so in the circumstances,

    4. in response to reasonable requests, provide an explanation for a decision they have made as part of an election or referendum process, or a decision made as part of the general operation of the election administration,  and

    5. if any deficiency in the administration of an election or referendum comes to their attention, disclose that deficiency on their own initiative,

  5. the election administration will strive to conduct work to high standards of accuracy, and each member of the election administration, within their area of responsibility, will strive to

    1. ensure that information is collected, compiled and published in a way that is systematic, clear and unambiguous, and

    2. do anything necessary, within the framework of Nisga'a law, to ensure that all the information that they compile, use or publish has a sound factual basis, and

  6. the election administration will strive to provide service to voters, and each member of the election administration, within their area of responsibility, will strive to

    1. provide every voter the highest quality service required to enable voters to exercise their rights with the least possible inconvenience,

    2. make it as convenient as possible for voters to participate in election and referendum processes, and

    3. ensure that voters adequately understand election and referendum processes.

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