Reimbursement of Election Expenses
Candidates and registered parties may be reimbursed for up to 25% of their eligible election expenses.
The Election Financing Act says political participants qualify for reimbursement if:
- the candidate receives 5% of valid votes in the electoral division
- the party receives 5% of valid votes in each of the electoral divisions where it endorsed a candidate
The EFA also allows for reimbursement of up to 100% of reasonable child care and disability expenses. The Act defines reasonable expenses as those that are over and above the expenses normally incurred by the candidate. To qualify for the childcare reimbursement:
- the candidate must receive 5% of valid votes in the electoral division
- the party must receive 5% of valid votes in each of the electoral divisions where it endorsed a candidate
Allowable Election Expenses
Election expenses include money spent or liabilities incurred, and the value of property or services provided free of normal fees and charges (referred to in The Election Financing Act as "non-monetary contributions") that are accepted before or during an election to be used during an election period.
As defined in The Election Financing Act, these include such expenses as:
- rented office or meeting space