Local Government Elections Act Amendment

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Local Government Elections Act Amendment

Res #: 16-21A
Number: 16
Year: 2021
Midterm: No
Expired: No
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations

WHEREAS Councillors and the Reeve of a rural municipality are the to be elected in accordance with The Local Government Elections Act, 2015; and 

WHEREAS any vacancy on a council is to be filled in accordance with The Local Government Elections Act, 2015; and 

WHEREAS on the close of the period for withdrawal of nominations, if the number of persons remaining in nomination is equal to the number to be elected to any office, the returning officer shall declare the persons nominated to be elected, and there shall be no polling with respect to that office; and 

WHEREAS on the close of period for withdrawal of nominations, if the number of persons remaining in nomination is less than the number to be elected to any office the returning officer shall declare the person then in nomination for that office, if any, to be duly elected and then call for further nominations for the remaining vacancies; and 

WHEREAS currently if a candidate is declared elected his or her term of office commences at the first meeting of council, set by the Administrator, following the day of the election for which the candidate was declared elected; and 

WHEREAS the term of office of members elected at a general election commences at the first meeting of council following the general election continue until the first meeting of the council following the next general election; and 

WHEREAS this could result in Councillors, or a Reeve, not any longer concerned with municipal operations attending council meetings or possibly not attending scheduled council meetings and hence a quorum not being present; and 

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to amend The Local Government Elections Act, 2015 to allow Councillors, or Reeve, to assume office at the next council meeting following his or her being elected by acclamation; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Local Government Elections Act, 2015 be amended so that once a candidate is acclaimed elected to a council position that the person currently holding office loses his or her position on council prior to the next council meeting.