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The Sask Rivers board maintains the status quo on campaign finance reporting

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Option to set campaign spending limits and require trustee candidates to disclose rejected donors.

PRINCE ALBERT – After waiting for more information about funding for the trustee election campaign, the Saskatchewan Rivers School Division Board of Education decided to stick with the status quo.

During its March 18 meeting, the board approved several options for the upcoming election. But an option that would limit campaign spending and require trustee candidates to disclose who donates to their campaigns was rejected, and the board demanded more information.

The board received this information at its April 15 regular meeting, which led to another vote. The trustees again declined to set caps on campaign spending or require campaign disclosures.

“More information was needed to have a conversation, but in the end the vote should remain as we have done in past elections and there should be no disclosure of funds raised,” said Education Director Neil Finch.

A request from Trustee Bill Yeaman to waive any restrictions on campaign spending and disclosure requirements regarding campaign contributions and expenditures was not passed in March. After further discussion, it was decided to postpone the decision until Chief Financial Officer Jerrold Pidborochinski could provide further information, and the decision was made in April.

This was the recommendation of the administration.

During the March meeting, the board approved several options and all other options were approved unanimously.

The biggest change in the next election will be the look of the ballot paper. In the past, trustee candidates were listed alphabetically by last name. Now they are rotated and randomly assigned by the returning officer.

The city does not require occupations on the ballots and the administration recommended not specifying occupations on the nomination paper and ballots.

The board also voted to require candidates not to include a criminal record with their nomination materials.

The board also voted not to refund the $100 deposit to all candidates, regardless of whether they win or lose as recommended. Options included refunding the entire amount, withholding the candidate's fee, or refunding those successfully elected.

The school board election will take place on November 13th and the nomination deadline is set for October 9th.

The administration has held preliminary meetings with the City of Prince Albert and the Prince Albert Catholic School Division to discuss details of the election.

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