Nisga’a Elections Act/Nisga’a Elections Regulation

Following the 2016 Regular Election, in January 2017 Nisga’a Elections Officer embarked on a project to update the legislation that guides how an election event is administered.

Amendments included:

  1. Replacing the current nomination meeting process with a paper nomination process.
  2. Removing the requirement for Council of Elders members to resign before being able to stand for elected office
  3. Removing Prince George as an additional voting area
  4. Removing all candidate photograph requirements in nomination and ballot materials
  5. Removing certain personal information from the lists of voters made available for public inspection
  6. Adding safeguards to the public inspection of the lists of voters

The amendment process was completed in January 2020 and the new processes were tested during a recent by-election.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and for the health and safety of our citizens, further amendments were proposed and enacted on July 31, 2020, to allow for the option of electronic voting for voters who request an electronic ballot. District 8 voters will receive a mail-in ballot unless they request an electronic ballot by October 5, 2020. Voters who reside in a Nisga’a Village and a Nisga’a Urban Local Area who are not able to vote in person may request a mail-in ballot or an electronic ballot.

Voters who wish to participate in electronic voting must request electronic ballots no later than October 5, 2020. Detailed information on electronic voting will be provided in September.

Click on the link below to view the revised legislation.