24. A public servant wishing to be a candidate in a provincial election must apply for and is entitled to leave without pay from the date of the writ ordering the election.
A public servant wishing to be a candidate for any other elective public office is entitled to leave without pay if he applies therefor. The deputy minister or the chief executive officer to whom he is responsible shall fix the date of the beginning and end of the leave. The duration of the leave must, however, allow the public servant to become a candidate in due time and to conduct his election campaign.
A public servant who is granted leave without pay under this section is entitled to resume his position within 30 days of the date for the nomination of candidates if he is not nominated or, if he is a candidate, of the date on which another person is declared elected.