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The information below is designed to help election officials and municipal administrators to carry out their duties and responsibilities during a municipal election. To learn more about the municipal election process in Saskatchewan, read the Local Government Election Guide for Saskatchewan Municipalities.
Best Practices for the 2020 Municipal Elections During COVID-19 is also available for reference.
The information provide here is for reference purposes; for legislative certainty, please refer to the election provisions contained in:
1. The Local Government Election Act, 2015 (LGEA) has been amended. You may wish to view this Information Bulletin about changes to the LGEA.
Councils are elected for four-year terms starting with the first meeting following the election. When required to hold a byelection, the elected member holds office for the remainder of the unexpired term of the person who they replaced. Towns, villages and cities that do not have a ward system may increase or decrease the size of their council by passing a bylaw at least 180 days before the general election.
The nomination period opens at least 10 business days before nomination day. The period begins when the returning officer publishes and posts the call for nominations for a general election or byelection. Nominations may be filed anytime during regular office hours from the time the call for nominations is posted until the deadline.
Note: Public disclosure statements are now required to be attached to all nomination papers.
Persons eligible for nomination as a candidate in any Saskatchewan municipality must meet all the requirements listed for the municipality they wish to run in:
Information about voter eligibility in a general municipal election can be found under Voting.
As required under Section 140 of The Local Government Election Act, 2015, the administrator or his/her designate is required to submit municipal election results to the Minister as soon as possible after a municipal election or byelection. Please read this fact sheet that answers frequently asked questions about reporting municipal election results.
Municipalities are encouraged to electronically submit their election results using the Municipal Elections Results Form (MERT).
Municipalities should also update their information in the Municipal Directory. Email email@example.com if you have forgotten the username or password for your municipality.
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