Riverview Ward By-election Set for May 18th

March 18, 2016


Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon wishes to inform the public that a municipal by-election for the City Council seat in Riverview Ward #9 will be held on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016. The by-election is being held to fill the Council position left vacant with the recent resignation of former Councillor Vanessa Hamilton. As per The Municipal Act, a municipality is required to hold a by-election when a municipal seat is vacated more than 12 months prior to the next general election.

The candidate nomination period for those wishing to run in the Riverview Ward by-election will officially begin on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. and officially end on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, at 5 p.m. sharp.

“To be a considered an eligible candidate, a person must first meet a number of criteria,” explains Brandon’s Senior Elections Official Nathan Peto. “They must be a Canadian citizen and a resident of Manitoba, 18 years of age or older on the day of the by-election, and they must have either owned property in or have resided in the Brandon municipality for a minimum of six months before the by-election date.  They must also submit, prior to the nomination deadline, their completed nomination papers.  Nomination papers must be signed by the candidate themselves and must also include the verified signatures of a minimum of 25 electors of the specific ward.”

Potential candidates who do not meet the above requirements will be disallowed from running.

All candidates must also adhere to the campaign finance rules in accordance with provisions of The Municipal Act and City of Brandon Campaign and Contributions By-law No. 6974. These rules include the requirement for potential candidates to register with the Senior Election Official prior to beginning their campaign.  The registration period begins on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 and ends on Wednesday, April 12th, 2016.

A map of the current Riverview Ward # 9 boundary can be found on the City of Brandon’s website here: http://www.brandon.ca/council-information/wards/ward-map.

Revisions to the Voters List will be accepted until Tuesday, April 12th, 2016, at 5 p.m. Eligible ward residents who are not sure if they are on the Voters List can contact the Senior Elections Official’s office by calling 204-729-2280 or by visiting the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor of Brandon City Hall.

An Advance Poll will be held on Thursday, May 12th, 2016, in the main foyer of Brandon City Hall. Locations of polling stations on by-election day will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

The City of Brandon is committed to communicating with the electorate wherever necessary in the weeks and days leading up to the by-election.