Keeping you updated on C-K municipal election just got easier

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Staying updated on this year’s municipal election just got easier.

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

Releases will be sent each weekday after 4 p.m. They will provide subscribers with the latest information on nominees and other information, such as key dates during the election period.

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

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 be held Monday, October 24.

Nominations must be in the prescribed forms and may be filed with the Municipal Clerk by appointment. The nomination form must be signed by the candidate and be accompanied by 25 endorsement signatures.

A nomination filing fee of $200 for the Mayor position and $100 for Councillor or School Board Trustee positions must accompany the nomination forms. Fees are payable by cash (including debit), certified cheque or money order.

Nomination papers may be obtained online or at the Civic Centre, 315 King St. W, Chatham or any Municipal Centre during business hours. Once nomination forms are complete, candidates must obtain an appointment with the clerk to officially file their candidacy. It is unlawful to raise campaign funds or incur campaign expenses until candidates file a nomination.

Meanwhile, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is looking for volunteers to sit on the Election Compliance Audit Committee.

The committee will operate as a quasi-judicial committee. It will be comprised of an auditor, an accountant, a lawyer, and other individuals with knowledge of the campaign financing rules of the Municipal Elections Act.

“Ideally, the committee’s composition would include an auditor, accountant, lawyer, and other individuals with knowledge of the campaign financing rules of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996,” municipal officials said through a media release.

Additionally, any auditor or accountant appointed to the committee would have to agree not to undertake the audits or prepare the financial statements of any candidates seeking election to council.

Anyone interested in joining must complete a volunteer application form and can include a brief bio and/or a resume highlighting relevant experience and qualifications. The application form for a position on the committee can be found at any municipal service centre 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 established before the 2022 municipal election on October 24.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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