Term of Office
The term of office for all members of council is four years, which typically commences at the first meeting following the election. The Councillors for the even numbered divisions are elected in one election and two years later the Councillors for the odd numbered divisions are elected. The Reeve is elected the same year as the election takes place for Councillors for the odd numbered divisions. For example, odd numbered divisions plus the Reeve will be elected in 2020 and their term will be four years. The election for the even numbered divisions will take place in 2022 and their term will be four years from that date. This allows for staggered elections and continuity on Council.
The nomination period begins when the returning officer publishes and posts the call for nominations (usually no later than the early part of September). Nominations may be filed any time during regular office hours from the time the call for nominations is posted until the deadline of 4:00 p.m. on Nomination Day, which is usually the middle to end of September. If a further call for nominations is required as a result of insufficient candidates, the notice will indicate the deadline date for that.
Candidates for rural municipal council are eligible for nomination if they are:
- at least 18 years old on Election Day;
- a Canadian citizen;
- eligible to vote in the rural municipality; and
- a resident of Saskatchewan
- have completed a Public Disclosure Statement
As well, candidates require at least two voters to sign their candidate’s nomination paper. If they are seeking nomination as the reeve, the nominators may be any voter in the rural municipality. If the candidate is running as a councillor, the nominators must be eligible to vote in the division the candidate wishes to represent.
The candidate’s nomination paper must be duly completed, signed, and accompanied by the candidate’s signed acceptance.
Election Day is set by the Provincial Government.