Helpful information for people who want to run for office.
As of 2012 Municipal and School Board Elections across Saskatchewan are scheduled to be held every four years to elect new members for the positions of Mayor, Councillors, Public School Board Trustees and Separate School Board Trustees. Previous to 2012, elections were held every three years and until 1970, Municipal elections were held annually.
Currently The Local Government Election Act, 2015 has set the Municipal and School Board Elections dates to be held the second Wednesday of November, unless that date is Remembrance Day in which case the election date would be scheduled to be held on the Monday preceding.
The mayor is elected to be the head of the municipal government, chairing City Council and Executive Committee meetings within their jurisdiction. This position is often a full-time position in larger municipalities, and a part time position in smaller municipalities. The mayor often fulfills the roles of the chief executive officer, represents the municipality at official functions, and provides leadership to the council.
A councillor is elected to represent the public as whole in smaller municipalities or for a specific ward in larger municipalities. Councillors are responsible for providing support to the municipality and it’s operations while also ensuring the interests and well-being of the municipality and public are maintained through the discussions and decisions being made at Council and committee meetings.
School Board Trustee
School board trustees are elected for the Public and Separate school boards, these elections are typically run together with the municipal election if the school division falls within the boundaries of the municipality. School board trustees are elected as representatives of the public and are responsible for providing support to the school divisions while also ensuring the interests and well-being of the public are maintained through the discussions and decisions being made at board meetings.
What to Expect as a Candidate
Candidate Best Practices
The City Clerk of the municipality is designated as the official Returning Officer for planning and coordinating elections unless Council decides to delegate the authority to another individual. The Returning Officer is responsible for all of the events leading up to and during the election process. This relates to general elections, by-elections and referendums.
Monitoring the growing population and ensuring ward populations are evenly distributed
Conducting the Ward Boundary and Polling Area reviews as required
Conducting the Election honestly and fairly
To provide voters every opportunity to exercise their right to vote
To ensure the election process is efficiently executed and documented, and
To comply with all legislated requirements as outlined in the related Acts, Regulations and Bylaws pertaining to the election.