Revised January 2018
On October 24, 2018, municipal elections will be held for councillors representing even-numbered divisions in rural municipalities.
Term of Office
The term of office for all members of council is four years, which typically commences at the first meeting following the election. If your municipality is holding a by-election for a councillor representing an even-numbered division, their term of office will end at the first meeting following the general election in October 2018.
The nomination period begins when the returning officer publishes and posts the call for nominations (on or before September 4, 2018). Nominations may be filed any time during regular office hours from the time the call for nominations is posted until the deadline of 4:00 p.m. on Nomination Day, which is Wednesday, September 19, 2018. If a further call for nominations is required as a result of insufficient candidates, the second nomination period expires on October 3, 2018.
Candidates for rural municipal council are eligible for nomination if they are:
- at least 18 years old on Election Day;
- a Canadian citizen;
- eligible to vote in the rural municipality; and
- a resident of Saskatchewan
As well, candidates require at least two voters to sign their candidate's nomination paper. If they are seeking nomination as the reeve, the nominators may be any voter in the rural municipality. If the candidate is running as a councillor, the nominators must be eligible to vote in the division the candidate wishes to represent.
If the rural municipality passed a bylaw requiring candidates to submit a criminal record check, it must be filed with the nomination paper.
The candidate's nomination paper must be duly completed, signed, and accompanied by the candidate's signed acceptance.
Election Day is Wednesday, October 24, 2018 to elect councillors representing even-numbered divisions in rural municipalities.
The following election will be held Wednesday, October 28, 2020 to elect reeves and councillors representing odd-numbered divisions in rural municipalities.
Information about voter eligibility, how to vote, advance polls, the secrecy of the vote and regulations involving agents and candidates can be found under Voting in a Rural Municipality. This information is also found in the Election Guide for Municipalities.