The next general election for urban municipalities (cities, towns, villages) will take place Wednesday October 26, 2016.
It is important to become involved in your community’s affairs and exercise your democratic right to choose the leaders of your community.
Nomination Day for cities, towns, and villages will be September 21, 2016. At least 10 business days before Nomination Day, the Returning Officer will publish and post a Notice of Call for Nominations stating the vacancies to be filled by the election. Urban municipal councils are elected for 4-year terms, commencing with the first meeting following the election. Council’s consist of an elected mayor and a certain number of councillors. Generally, cities will have six to ten – towns will have six – villages usually have two or four. Municipalities may increase or decrease the size of its council by passing a bylaw at least 180 days before the general election. The lowest number of council members an urban municipality can have is a mayor and two councillors. Municipalities that are divided into wards elect one council member for each ward.
Nominations can then be filed at the municipal administration office any time during regular office hours and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Nomination Day.
Who Can Run?
Persons eligible for nomination as a candidate in an urban municipality must:
- be at least 18 years old on Election Day;
- be a Canadian citizen;
- have resided in the municipality for at least 3 consecutive months immediately preceding the date nomination paper is submitted; and have resided in Saskatchewan for at least 6 consecutive months immediately preceding the date nomination paper is submitted.
Nomination papers must be signed by at least 5 voters of the municipality or ward (if applicable), in urban municipalities with a population of less than 20,000.