Local Government

Nominations for municipal byelections close April 16 (10/04/09)

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April 9, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being encouraged to offer their candidacy in the municipal byelections being held on Monday, May 10.

"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 Chris Collins. "It is important that municipalities have their full complement of elected officials."

Nominations will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Candidates will have until Monday, April 19, to withdraw.

There are 14 municipalities with 17 unoccupied positions:

Campobello residents will also decide through a plebiscite on May 10 if they wish to become a rural community or remain a local service district.

"As a former councillor, I can attest that it is very rewarding to be part of the local decision-making process for your community," said Collins. "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 attain our goal of self-sufficiency by 2026."

To make it easier to become a candidate, amendments to the 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 they may be printed from the Elections New Brunswick website.

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

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