Municipal elections will be held October 16, 2017.
Nomination day is September 18, 2017
(Nomination papers will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 12 noon.)
Qualifications of a Candidate
A person may be nominated as a candidate in the municipal election if, on Nomination Day, the person is:
- You must be at least 18 years of age on nomination day ( September 18,2017),
- a Canadian citizen and
- you must have been a resident of the local jurisdiction for the 6 consecutive months preceding nomination day (since March 18, 2017). Take Note **You must also have been a resident of the ward in which you intend to run for the same six-month period.**
- Not otherwise ineligible or disqualified.
If you are considering running, here are some important things you should consider before you file nomination papers.
Are you eligible to be nominated?
You would NOT be eligible to become a candidate under any of the following circumstances:
•If you are an auditor of the municipality
•If you are a municipal employee, unless you take the entitled leave of absence
•If your property taxes are more than $50 in arrears or you are in default, for more than 90 days, for any other debt in excess of $500 to the municipality.
•If you have, within the previous 10 years, been convicted of a offense under the Local Authorities Election Act, the Election Act or the Canada Elections Act.
•If you are a judge, member of parliament, senator, or member of the legislative assembly, you must resign that position before you take office as a member of council.
Sections 22 – 24 of the Local Authorities Election Act set out under what circumstances a person is not eligible for nomination. Anyone submitting a nomination is responsible for ensuring they are not in violation of any condition of eligibility.
Register to Collect Campaign Contributions
New for the 2017 election:
If you intend to run for office in 2017, you must register with the MD's Returning Officer before you accept campaign contributions. This does not apply to a candidate whose entire election campaign is funded exclusively out of the candidate's own funds up to a maximum of $10,000.
To register, print and complete the following form. Your signature must be witnessed by a Commissioner for Oaths. Commissioner for Oaths services are available at the MD Administration office. Forward your completed form to Leslie Rea, Returning Officer, MD of Bighorn.
**Information contained within the registry is public.**
Form 3A -Application for Registration of a Notice of Intent to become a Candidate for Municipal Office
The application requires you to swear you have read several sections of the Local Authorities Election Act, which you can view online here.
Nomination day is Monday, September 18, 2017 between 8 a.m. and noon. Anyone wishing to run for office must submit a completed
Form 3 -Nomination Paper and Candidate’s Acceptance , in person or by proxy, at the MD of Bighorn's Administration office during the hours set out for nomination day.
**Please note- Email, mail, and fax versions are not accepted.**
By resolution ( R:166/17) the MD of Bighorn Council waived the requirement of a $100 deposit with respect to filing nomination papers for the 2017 General Municipal Election
Changes to any of your registration information must be reported to the Returning Officer within 48 hours.
Do you have the time?
The demands on your time will be heavy. You will be elected for a four-year term of office and during that time you will be required to attend:
•regular and special meetings of council
•council committee meetings
•meetings of other boards and agencies to which you are appointed as council’s representative
•conferences, conventions, seminars, and workshops for training and discussion
•social and other events promoting your municipality.
You will also need to spend time reading material and talking with residents, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and others. This will all be part of the necessary preparation for meetings so that you can make informed decisions. Being a member of Council is more than a part time job. Potential candidates for the Municipal District of Bighorn must be willing to expend the time and energy required to provide quality governance for our rate payers. Effective decisions involving budgets, policies, bylaws, and corporate operations can only be achieved with a full commitment to be engaged and willing to read, listen and understand the information required for sound decision making. You will also need to spend time reading material and talking with residents, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and others. This will all be part of the necessary preparation for meetings so that you can make informed decisions.
Do you understand the position?
As a member of Council you will have the opportunity to significantly influence the future of your community. Your power as a member of Council depends on your ability to persuade the other members of Council to adopt your view. All decisions must be made at meetings, held in public, at which a quorum is present.
Do you understand the powers of Municipal Council?
The Canadian constitution delegates responsibility for municipal institutions to the provinces. Through a variety of Legislation, the Alberta Legislative Assembly had delegated some of its authority to Municipal Councils. The act you will use most often is the Municipal Government Act.
For further information Please visit Municipal Affairs
Guide for Running for Municipal Office in Alberta