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A candidate is someone who runs for office at an election. In British Columbia, a candidate is a person who is eligible to stand for election to the legislative assembly and who has fulfilled the requirements for nomination set out in the Election Act (British Columbia) (part 5, division 1). These include being supported by 25 voters in the electoral district in which the candidate intends to run, and making a deposit of $100.
Almost all successful candidates are members of political parties and parties themselves have procedures for choosing candidates. The process of nominating candidates is a vital one for a political party; by choosing a candidate, it permits that candidate to use the party label and to contest the election in the name of the party. See also nomination ; party discipline .