Tehkummah to hold by-election to fill empty seat at council table

Tom Sasvari

The Recorder

TEHKUMMAH—The Township of Tehkummah is accepting nominations from residents to fill a vacancy on council, following the recent resignation Councillor Arend VanVierzen.

Patsy Gilchrist, clerk for Tehkummah Township, confirmed on February 13 a by-election will be held to replace Mr. VanVierzen, who resigned this past December.

Ms. Gilchrist explained that council, under the Ontario Municipal Act, has two options: appointing a new member of council or holding a by-election. The council opted for the latter.

Flyers announcing the by-election have been sent to local residents and displayed in the township, according to Ms. Gilchrist. Nomination forms may be filed with the clerk’s office up until March 9, with an election to follow on April 23.

Under the Municipal Elections Act, nominees must be a resident of the township by either being the owner or tenant of land in the township or the spouse or same-sex partner of an owner of tenant of the township. They must also be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older, and not be prohibited from voting. The same rules apply to individuals who wish to vote in the by-election.

“The nominations for the by-elections close as of 5 pm on Friday, March 9, with the voting day being held Monday, April 23,” Ms. Gilchrist said. On April 23, polls will be open from 10 am to 8 pm at the Tehkummah municipal office.