Local Government

Nominations for nine municipal byelections close Oct. 2 (09/09/28)

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Sept. 28, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being encouraged to offer their candidacy in the municipal byelections being held on Monday, Oct. 26.

"I encourage residents of the municipalities involved in the upcoming byelections to consider becoming a candidate to represent their community as a member of council," said Local Government Minister Bernard Leblanc. "It is important that municipalities have their full complement of elected officials."

The nominations will be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. Candidates will have until Monday, Oct. 5, to withdraw their names.

There are nine municipalities with vacancies to be filled. They are:

"As a former mayor and councillor, I can attest to the fact that it's very rewarding to be part of the local decision-making process for your community," said LeBlanc. "Having the opportunity to consult with residents on issues that affect their community is a very fulfilling experience. Our province needs innovative and viable communities with committed people to continue building and strengthening our province to attain our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."

In order to make it easier to become a candidate, amendments to the province's Municipal Elections Act have reduced the number of signatures required on a candidate's nomination papers to 10 from 25. Nomination papers may be picked up from the municipal returning officer or local municipal offices, or may be printed from the Elections New Brunswick website.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Barbour, communications officer, Department of Local Government, 506-444-4693.

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