Keeping you informed about the CK municipal elections just got easier

Staying up to date on this year’s municipal elections just got easier.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is launching a subscription list for daily updates on the 2022 Municipal Election.

Press releases will be sent every weekday after 4:00 p.m. They will provide subscribers with the latest candidate information and other information, such as key dates during the election period.

“We believe that participation in the electoral process is the foundation of our democratic process,” said Chatham-Kent Clerk and Returning Officer Judy Smith. “We want to make public and media engagement as easy as possible.”

Those interested in subscribing to the free service can register at the following website: chatham-kent.ca/services/digitalresources/Pages/Subscription-Services.aspx.

The nomination period for the municipal election lasts until Friday, August 19 at 2 p.m. The election will take place on Monday, October 24.

Nominations must be made in the prescribed forms and may be filed with the City Clerk by appointment. The nomination form must be signed by the nominee and be accompanied by 25 endorsing signatures.

A nomination fee of $200 for mayor and $100 for councilor or school trustee must accompany nomination forms. Fees are payable in cash (including debit card), certified check or money order.

Application materials can be obtained online or at the Civic Centre, 315 King St. W, Chatham or any other civic center during business hours. Once the nomination forms have been completed, candidates must schedule an appointment with the Registrar to officially submit their nomination. It is illegal to raise campaign funds or incur campaign expenses until candidates file a candidacy.

In the meantime, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is looking for volunteers to serve on the Election Compliance Audit Committee.

The committee will function as a quasi-judicial committee. It will be made up of an auditor, an accountant, a lawyer and others familiar with the campaign finance rules of the Municipal Elections Act.

“Ideally, the composition of the committee would include an auditor, an accountant, a lawyer and others familiar with the campaign finance rules of the Municipal Elections Act of 1996,” municipal officials said in a news release.

In addition, any auditor or accountant appointed to the committee should agree not to undertake the audits or prepare the financial statements of any candidate for election to the board.

Anyone interested in joining should complete a volunteer application form and may include a brief biography and/or resume highlighting relevant experience and qualifications. The application form for a position on the committee is available at all municipal service centers and online by visiting the municipal website at Chatham-Kent.ca. To be considered, applications must be submitted by May 20.

The municipality said the committee must be set up before the 2022 municipal elections on October 24.

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Melissa C. Keyes