04/29/2014 04:16 EDT | Updated 06/29/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia's chief electoral officer calls for fixed election dates

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's chief electoral officer says the province should have fixed dates for elections.

Richard Temporale says the province could save up to $500,000 in administrative costs by implementing a fixed election date.

Nova Scotia is the only province that doesn't use the fixed-date system.

In December, Premier Stephen McNeil said a move to set a fixed election date could come as early as this spring.

He also said there should be discussion on whether the election should be held in the fall or the spring.

Temporale's recommendation is among more than two dozen contained in a report on the 2013 general election, which saw the Liberals sweep the New Democrats from power after one term in office.