Province Announces Four Year Terms

If legislation announced yesterday is passed, local government elected officials will be committing to a four-year term in the elections November 15, 2014.

Minister Coralee Oakes announced the Province would change the local government term of office from three years to four as part of the local election reforms the government is planning to introduce during the current legislative session.

UBCM President Rhona Martin responded to the announcement by saying she was pleased to see that the province's legislation reflected UBCM's policy on terms, and that another element of elections reform was moving ahead.

Subject to legislative approval, the next local elections after November 2014 would be October 2018, as the Province previously committed to moving the date ahead by one month in response to the policy direction endorsed by UBCM members.

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