Becoming a Registered Referendum Advertiser
To be eligible to receive public money [a share of $75,000] for the referendum campaign an organization must become a registered referendum advertiser.
A. An organization is eligible to become a registered referendum advertiser if:
- It has no fewer than 5 members
- It is not for profit
- Its members and directors are not being compensated for being members or directors
- Membership in the organization is voluntary
- At least 2/3 of the principal members [as defined in E below] of the organization have been ordinarily resident in PEI for at least 6 months prior to July 1 2018
- The organization has not incurred referendum expenses that exceed $1,000 in total.
B. An organization is not eligible to become a registered referendum advertiser if:
- the organization is a political party or an organization or association of a political party;
- any of its principal members is a candidate or intends to be a candidate or is the official agent of a candidate in the general election, is an election officer or a member of the staff of the chief electoral officer, or is the referendum commissioner or a member of his staff’;
- more than 1/3 of its members are not ordinarily resident in PEI;
- the organization is a for-profit corporation;
- It is a trade union.
C. An organization seeking to become a registered referendum advertiser must apply for such registration to the Referendum Commissioner. The application must include:
- The name of the organization and, if different, the name it proposes to use as a registered referendum advertiser;
- A statement of the organization’s mission, including whether it supports or opposes a mixed member proportional voting system;
- A statement of its proposed budget;
- The address and telephone number to which notices and communications may be delivered or made;
- A list of the names, addresses and titles of its principal members;
- The name of the financial agent it has appointed;
- Information respecting the matters referred to in A and B above as well as a statement as to whether the individual chosen as its financial agent is disqualified for any of the reasons set out in D below;
- A written statement, signed by 2 of its principal members, that the information contained in the application is, to the best of their knowledge and belief, true and complete.
D. An Individual is not eligible to be a financial agent if he or she:
- is a candidate or intends to be a candidate in the general election or is the official agent of a candidate in the general election, or is a member of the chief electoral officer’s or the referendum commissioner’s staff;
- is an undischarged bankrupt; has been convicted of fraud within the past 5 years;
- does not have the capacity to enter into contracts;
- is not 18 or older;
- has not had their appointment rescinded under the Electoral System Referendum Act;
- is not the financial agent of another referendum advertiser.