Manitobans may notice fewer government announcements over the next three months and it’s all about ensuring a fair election, says Elections Manitoba. On Wednesday restrictions on government announcements go into effect which ban government agencies, Crown corporations, or elected officials from using public funds or a public office to promote political parties. “There are no government ads or notices allowed in this 90-day period with a few exceptions,” said Alison Mitchell, manager of communications with Elections Manitoba. Exceptions include emergency announcements in cases where the public’s safety or health is at risk or if government is required to publicize information at a particular time during the 90-day period for things like requests for tenders or employment, she said.
Election rules in Manitoba are enforced through a complaint-driven process and it’s up to parties to interpret the rules, said Mitchell.
Citizens can issue complaints with the Manitoba Commissioner of Elections if they believe government has violated the Elections Financing Act or the Elections Act.