Island politicians exempt from 25 signature regulation

MINDEMOYA—Municipalities with less than 4,000 voters within it are exempt from provincial rules in which those running for municipal election have to collect 25 signatures from local residents before filing their nomination papers.

“Tonight we all received a memo concerning the municipal elections 2018,” said Central Manitoulin Mayor Richard Stephens at a council meeting last week. “As you will recall there was talk the province was requiring those running for council having to get up to 25 signatures.”

However, “Ruth (Frawley, municipal clerk) did some research and the province has limited this. For any municipality that has less than 4,000 on its voters list, as we do, candidates are not required to get 25 signatures to file their papers to run for council,” added Mayor Stephens.