On Tuesday, September 28, the Town of Bonavista will hold a general municipal election. In Newfoundland and Labrador, general municipal elections are held every four years on the last Tuesday in September. In Bonavista voters choose one Mayor and six Councillors for Council.
For the 2021 General Election the Town will hold in person voting as in past elections, however COVID-19 protocols will be followed to ensure that everyone can vote safely.
Please see below for Voter and Candidate information. Please Note that this section will be updated as information becomes available.
NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES
Nominations of candidates for election to the Council for the Municipality of Bonavista will be received between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m on September 7, 2021, at the Town Hall, Bonavista.
Nominations shall be in writing and state the name and civic address of the candidate and shall be signed by the Proposer and Seconder both of whom shall be present together with the candidate who shall sign also signifying his/her acceptance. In the event that a candidate cannot be present for his/her nomination, his/her proposer and seconder can complete the required form.
If the nomination is for a candidate running as Mayor in a separate election that position should be noted on the nomination form.
Every candidate shall at the time of his/her nomination deposit with the Returning Officer the non-refundable sum of ten dollars.
The qualifications of a candidate for election to Council are as follows:-
- Canadian citizen who is 18 years of age or older;
- Ordinarily resident in the municipality or area for at least 30 days prior to the date set for the commencement of the nomination period;
- Not in arrears of taxes or other charges payable to the municipality; and
- Not otherwise disqualified under the Municipal Elections Act.
As per the Municipal Elections Act, the following qualifications are listed for nominations:
A person is qualified to be nominated as a candidate for councillor who
- is eligible to vote in an election held under this Act in the municipality in which he or she is nominated to serve as a councillor;
- is not in arrears of taxes or other charges payable to the municipality; and
- is ordinarily resident for a period of 30 days before the commencement of the nomination period either in the municipality or in an area that on election day is part of a municipality.
A person is not qualified to be nominated as a candidate for councillor
- while he or she holds an office under the council to which a salary or remuneration payable out of the funds of the municipality is attached;
- while he or she is employed by the council; and
where he or she is the chief administrative officer of an agency or body established by the council and that agency or body has an annual operating budget that must be approved by the council for which that officer seeks nomination as a candidate.
A person is not qualified to be nominated as a candidate for councillor in an election where
- he or she was dismissed as a councillor or his or her seat as a councillor has been vacated under paragraphs 206(1)(b) or (e) or subparagraph 206(1)(f)(ii) of the Municipalities Act, 1999 ; or
- his or her seat as a councillor was declared vacant under subsection 20(2) of the City of Corner Brook Act or the City of Mount Pearl Act , subsection 206(2) of the Municipalities Act, 1999 or section 11 of the City of St. Johns Act , where that election is held not more than 2 years after the date on which that person was dismissed as a councillor or his or her seat was vacated or declared vacant.
Subsection (2) does not apply to a volunteer firefighter of a municipality who is not a fire chief.
A person is not qualified to be nominated as a candidate for councillor if he or she is a
- member of the House of Commons or the Senate of Canada;
- member of the House of Assembly of the province; or
- judge of the Supreme Court or the Provincial Court of the province.
Notwithstanding subsection (3), where, before the coming into force of this section, a councillors seat was vacated under paragraph 206(1)(e) of the Municipalities Act, 1999 , that councillor may be nominated as a candidate for councillor and is eligible for election in the first general election of councillors held after the coming into force of this section.
Notwithstanding subsection (2), a person referred to in that subsection who is not a clerk, manager or department head, excluding a volunteer department head, with a council may request, and the council shall grant to that person, a leave of absence in order for that person to be nominated as a candidate for council.
A person to whom a leave of absence is granted under subsection (7) who is elected as a councillor shall resign from his or her employment with the council before taking his or her oath or affirmation of office as a councillor.
As per the Municipal Elections Act, anyone looking to put forth a nomination for a municipal election must complete the following:
A candidate for the office of councillor shall be nominated by persons eligible to vote who are resident in the ward for which he or she is a candidate, where the municipality is divided into wards, or by persons eligible to vote who are resident in the municipality, where the municipality is not divided into wards.
- shall be in writing;
- shall state the name and civic address of the candidate;
shall be signed by the proposer and seconder, both of whom shall be present together with the candidate who shall also sign signifying his or her acceptance; and
- shall be in the required form.
In the cities of Corner Brook , Mount Pearl and St. Johns , a candidate for mayor shall be nominated in the same manner as a councillor under subsection (1) but shall run as a candidate for mayor only.
In the city of St. Johns , a candidate for deputy mayor shall be nominated in the same manner as a councillor under subsection (1) but shall run as a candidate for deputy mayor only.
The returning officer shall not receive the nomination paper of a candidate unless there is attached to it a declaration of qualification in the required form.
Notwithstanding paragraph 16(2)(c), where a candidate is unable to attend his or her nomination and as a result is unable to signify his or her acceptance or complete his or her declaration of qualification, the returning officer may accept, in the required form, a declaration to that effect from one of the candidate’s nominators together with a declaration from the nominator that the candidate possesses the qualifications required by this Act and accepts the nomination.
- in a town or a region, at the time of his or her nomination shall deposit a sum of $10; and
- in a city, at the time of his or her nomination, shall deposit a sum of $50,
with the returning officer and that sum is not refundable.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
POLLING DIVISON #1 – BONAVISTA LIONS CLUB
Comprising all the area of Bonavista known as Canaille from the west side of Folley Hill.
POLLING DIVISON #2 – BONAVISTA LIONS CLUB
Comprising all the area of Bonavista known as Catalina Road east of Folley Hill including Chapel Hill, Riverstyx Road, also south side of Randell’s Road including Reader’s Lane and also, Bonavista Retirement Home.
POLLING DIVISON #3 – S.U.F HALL
Comprising all the area of Bonavista from the north side of Randell’s Road to the south side of Groves Lane including Bakeapple Marsh, Canon Bayley Road, Mount Prospect Street, Russelltown Road, Strathie’s Road, Cooper’s Hill & Collier’s Pond Road.
POLLING DIVISON #4 – S.U.F HALL
Comprising all the area of Bonavista known as Mockbeggar and Rolling Cove from Walkham’s Bridge to Cove Bridge (near J.T Swyers’) including the west side of Church Street.
POLLING DIVISON #5 – U.C. HALL
Comprising all the area of Bonavista from the United Church Hall north side of Groves Lane to the south side of Mouland’s Lane including Cellar Hill and Swyers’ Hill.
POLLING DIVISON #6 – U.C. HALL
Comprising all the area of Bonavista known as Red Point Road and the west side of Cape Shore Road from Swyers’ to Red Cove Road and from the north side of Mouland’s Lane including east side of Mead to Vivian Tippett’s and west side of Dunn’s Road to Mouland’s Lane.
POLLING DIVISON #7 – U.C. HALL
Comprising all the area of Bonavista known as Bayley’s Cove from north side of Red Cove Road including Cape Shore, east side of Dunn’s Road and east side of Sebastian Drive up to 123 Sebastian Drive (Boyd Keel’s Residence).
95 Church Street
P.O. Box 295
Bonavista, Newfoundland A0C 1B0
TOWN OFFICE HOURS
Monday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm