Lourdes delays municipal election

Frank Gale
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Due to an error, the Town of Lourdes on the Port au Port Peninsula has delayed its municipal election and another nomination day will be held in the community.

Mayor Henry Gaudon stands in front of the Lourdes town hall.

A nomination day for the Sept. 24 municipal election was already held in the town on Sept. 2 with seven people up for the seven positions on council — meaning each would have won their seats by acclamation.

But holding the nomination day on the Labour Day holiday was questioned.

As a result, Mayor Henry Gaudon said a town staff member brought the matter to the attention of Municipal Affairs and on Friday received a deferral notice from the department.

The town was informed the nomination process would have to be done again before the end of December.

Mayor Gaudon said his town council is expected to meet in the near future and make a decision on when the new nomination day will be held.

A spokesperson for the Department of Municipal Affairs said, according to the department’s Make Your Mark official guidelines and time lines, specific dates were set for nominations — between Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, and excluding Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, which was Labour Day weekend.

Municipalities in the province had the choice of holding their nominations on one day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or two or more days within the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. time period.

Organizations: Department of Municipal Affairs

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