The Election Commissioner is an independent officer of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.
The Election Commissioner has an office in downtown Edmonton with four full-time staff. Depending on complaint processing and investigation workloads, these staff are supplemented with contracted and seconded resource personnel who assist with delivering the Election Commissioner’s mandate and resolving election law enforcement matters in a thorough and timely manner.
The job of the Election Commissioner is to ensure compliance with and enforcement of the Election Act the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act and certain aspects of the Local Authorities Election Act. Non-compliance and enforcement matters relating to federal elections do not fall within the Election Commissioner's jurisdiction.
In general terms, the Election Commissioner's role involves accepting complaints, undertaking investigations and making determinations of what type of penalty or corrective action is required when election law has been violated.
Amendments to the Election Act and the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act during 2017 created the position of Election Commissioner and outlined the responsibilities of the position. As of July 1, 2018, the Election Commissioner officially assumed responsibilities for provincial election law enforcement that were previously within the mandate of the province’s Chief Electoral Officer.
Amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), passed into law in December 2018, expanded the mandate of the Election Commissioner to include oversight of campaign financing and third party advertising in local government elections. Local authorities that conduct elections under the LAEA include the province’s 341 municipalities, 61 school boards, 13 irrigation districts and 8 Métis Settlements.
The Election Commissioner is appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council under section 153.01 of the Election Act. The Lieutenant Governor in Council makes the appointment following a recommendation of the Legislative Assembly. The Election Commissioner operates independently from the Alberta government and has authority separate from that of the provincial Chief Electoral Officer.
Office of the Election Commissioner
Box 115, 10011-109th St.
780-886-1656 or toll free 1-833-232-6487 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lorne Gibson was Alberta’s 5th Chief Electoral Officer from June 2006 to March 2009 and previously held the position of Deputy Chief Electoral Officer for Manitoba. Mr. Gibson has been working in the election field as an election administrator and an election management consultant for more than 20 years. He is a recognized expert in the area of election law enforcement. Lorne Gibson was a public representative on the Discipline Committee of the Manitoba Law Society from 2009 to 2018 and a member of the Appeals Committee for the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba from 2010 to 2017.
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