2020 Municipal Elections
2020 Municipal Election Information
QA – postponing municipal elections
Q: Why are they being postponed? A: With the large amount of electors, polling stations and poll workers, there was no safe way to undertake the municipal election at this time. Elections are contact heavy events and with the guidance of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s directive on public gatherings and social distancing, it was felt to be the only option at this time.
Q: Why are you saying May 2021 or sooner? A: We wanted to give people certainty that it was not being out off indefinitely, it is likely to be May 2021 unless this turns around quicker than we are seeing in other jurisdictions.
Q: What happens if there are several vacancies between now and May 2021? A: We have suspended the clause that doesn’t allow a byelection within 12 months of a general municipal election to allow for flexibility if required to hold byelections if the health and safety of all those involved can be satisfied. Then the chief electoral officer would be in a position to determine the need for byelections. If a council loses quorum there are provisions in the Act to appoint a supervisor to ensure the functioning of the local government continues.