MONTREAL — Quebec's municipal elections are more than a month away, but already hundreds of mayors have been declared winners after nobody emerged to oppose them.
Preliminary data published on the Quebec government's municipal election page suggests that over 570 mayoral candidates have been elected unopposed, representing over half of the total posts.
A number of municipalities won't have to hold elections at all, since the mayor and entire city council have been elected without challengers.
While the candidate nomination period ended Friday, 11 communities don't yet have a candidate for mayor as of noon today, while 112 councillor positions across the province have yet to find a taker.
Quebec Municipal Affairs Minister Andrée Laforest congratulated the more than 12,000 candidates who have chosen to run across the province, and encouraged citizens to vote on Nov. 7.
She noted in a statement that the proportion of women running in the elections has increased to 35.5 per cent of candidates as of Saturday, up from 31.3 per cent four years ago.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2021
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