City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan

Information for Candidates

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2020 Candidate Guide

This guide provides an overview of the election process in North Battleford and a summary of the steps required to run as a candidate.

Local Media Contact Information
Listed below is local media contact information. The contact information has been posted with permission, with the intent of candidates to contact the media to promote their candidacy in the 2020 Municipal Election. It is the responsibility of each candidate to review this page for any updates to the media contact list.
The Battlefords News-Optimist - newsoptimist.news@sasktel.net
Battlefords Now - 306-440-4007 or 306-446-6397 

2019 Annual Report

Please take a moment to review the 2019 Annual Report for additional information about the City of North Battleford operations and key highlights from the previous year.

What to expect as an Elected Offical


Candidate Nominations
To be nominated for an elected position, a person must file nomination papers with the Returning Officer or designate during the nomination period. The Nomination Period is Tuesday, September 22 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020. The deadline to file nomination papers is 4:00 pm on Wednesday, October 7. Nomination papers will be accepted during normal business hours, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday, with the exception of Nomination Day when they will be accepted only between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Mayor Candidate Nomination Form and Mayor Candidate Acceptance Form and Public Disclosure Statement.

Councillor Candidate Nomination Form and Councillor Candidate Acceptance Form and Public Disclosure Statement.

The nomination paper is not considered complete unless the nominee’s acceptance statement is:

Please review this Public Disclosure Statement Tips to assist in filling out the Public Disclosure Statement.

Only one person can be nominated for election on each nomination paper. A voter may sign the nomination papers of more than one person, candidates cannot nominate themselves.

The onus to file a bona fide nomination paper is on the person being nominated. City of North Battleford staff is not eligible to witness the nomination statement.

Important Dates

Nomination Period Tuesday, September 22 to Wednesday, October 7
Nomination Day Wednesday, October 7 - deadline 4:00 pm
Withdrawal Day Thursday, October 8 - deadline 4:00 pm
Advance Polls At the Don Ross Centre Lobby and Gymnasium
Saturday, October 31 - 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Monday, November 2 - 12:00  pm to 6:00 pm
Thursday, November 5 - 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Election Day Monday, November 9 - 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Legislation

The Cities Act
The Education Act
The Local Government Election Act, 2015
The Automated Vote Counting Bylaw - 2090
The Mail-in Ballot Bylaw - 2093

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the term of office for an elected candidate?
A. The Mayor and Councillors are expected to serve a four-year term. That term officially begins at the first meeting of the Council or Board after the general election and continues until the first meeting of the Council or Board after the next general election, unless their offices are vacated sooner.

Q. When can I file my Nomination Papers?
A. The nomination period is September 22 to October 7, 2020.

Q. Am I eligible to run?
A. You may run for the office of Mayor or Councillor if:

  • On the day of the election, you are the full age of 18 years or will attain the full age of 18 years on or before Election Day;
  • At the time you submit nomination papers, you are a Canadian citizen and have resided in North Battleford for at least three consecutive months immediately preceding the date on which nomination papers are submitted and in Saskatchewan for at least six months immediately preceding the date on which nomination papers are submitted; and
  • Are not disqualified by The Local Government Election Act, 2015 or any other Act from holding the office for which you are a candidate.

Q. Does it cost money to run?
A. There is no deposit required to file nomination papers and there are no campaign contributions or expense reporting requirements.

Q. What are the criteria for nominations?
A. For the position of Mayor or Councillor, the nomination application must be signed by at least 5 voters of the municipality. No person can be nominated as both Mayor and Councillor of the same municipality.

Q. When can I start campaigning?
A. This is at the discretion of the candidate. Before starting to campaign, you should thoroughly consider the following:

  • Criteria for nominations
  • Nomination papers must be filed between September 22 to October 7, 2020.