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Both candidates and donors are required to disclose information about any electoral related gift (with a value of $300.00 or more) that is given or promised within the six month period prior to Election Day.

A "gift" means a disposition of property, or the conferral of any financial benefit, made by one person in favour of another.

It can include:

  • a gift of money;
  • a gift which is non-monetary but of value;
  • a gift in kind or where there is inadequate financial consideration such as the receipt of a discount (where the difference or the discount is worth more than $300.00);
  • a financial or other contribution to travel;
  • the provision of a service for no consideration or for inadequate consideration;
  • a firm promise or agreement to give a gift at some future time;
  • It is important to note that a gift could be one or more gifts from the same donor that's combined value is $300.00 or more; and
  • a "gift" does not include a gift by will; a gift from a relative; a gift that does not relate to the candidate's candidature; or the provision of volunteer labour.

How a Disclosure Is Made

Within three days of nomination, any candidate in a local government election will need to disclose any gifts already received within the disclosure period. After nomination, gifts are to be disclosed within three days of receiving the gift.

Donors will also need to disclose any gifts made within the relevant period.

The disclosure is to be made by completing Form 9A Disclosure of Electoral Gifts and providing the form to the Town’s Chief Executive Officer.

Information to be supplied on the gift disclosure includes the name of the candidate, the name and address of the donor, the date the gift was promised or received, the value of the gift and a description of the gift.

Disclosure of Electoral Gifts Form

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