Any group that has been organized to promote candidates for election to the Legislative Assembly may apply to the Chief Electoral Officer to form a registered political party.
Registration requirements include the support of 100 eligible electors within the organization, as well as the consent of persons who will serve as the party leader and party official.
The Elections Act prohibits a political party from becoming registered during an election period.
Additional information and requirements are available through Elections Yukon.
Each registered political party must provide:
- the name under which the party is to be registered
- the abbreviations or informal names, if any, by which the party desires to be known
- the name of the leader of the party
- the address of the place at which the party conducts its business
- other officials of the party, including the president or other responsible individuals
Each registered political party is required to confirm or update the particulars of its registration within 30 days of receiving a request from the Chief Electoral Officer.
On being informed by a registered political party of any changes to the name of the party or the other particulars of its registration, the records kept under the Elections Act are updated accordingly.
How many candidates must a party endorse in an election to retain the registered political party status?
By the close of nominations in a general election, a political party must endorse at least two candidates in the election or the registration of the party shall be cancelled.
If a registered political party wishes to endorse candidates, a letter of endorsement from the party leader or designated party representative must accompany each candidate’s nomination paper.
During an election period, every notice or advertisement that refers to an election, whether printed, broadcast or published electronically, shall include the name and address of its sponsor.
The above does not apply to any printed notice or advertisement that bears, with no information, message or symbol that relates to an election or voting, only one or more of the following:
- (a) the colours or logo of a registered political party;
- (b) the name of a registered political party;
- (c) the name of a candidate.
Every person who erects, posts or affixes any notice or advertisement that refers to an election shall:
- (a) comply with all safety rules imposed by the owner of the property or by municipal or other regulatory authority; and
- (b) have it removed within 30 days after polling day.
Any notice which is posted pursuant to the Elections Act may be posted or affixed to any public building or structure by any means, provided that it can be removed as required.