St. Mary’s District 3/5 heads to polls in March

By Lois Ann Dort    

SHERBROOKE – On Tuesday, January 10 the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia made available its decision on the October 15 municipal election in District 3/5 in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s. Due to irregularities at two polling sites in the District, the municipality had filed an application to the court to nullify the election results in that District. In his decision Justice Scaravelli agreed with the municipality that the election in District 3/5 had not been held in accordance with the Nova Scotia Scotia Elections Act and nullified the results.

St. Mary’s Warden Michael Mosher was pleased with the ruling and the timeliness in which the matter was resolved. “We wanted the decision to get representation at the council table,” he said.

To that end, a special council meeting was held on Monday, January 16 and a special election date for District 3/5 was set for March 18, 2017. Advance polls will be held on Saturday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 14. Nomination papers can be filed by appointment starting February 14 and Nomination Day is February 21.

Mistakes were made in the last election cycle and Mosher said everything will be done to avoid such problems arising again. “With our returning officer and our CAO we will have to have some detailed conversation over the way things were conducted in the last election. We are not looking to blame anyone; we want to move forward with the process...We want to make sure the process is done as best it can be for the sake of democracy and for all involved; those running in the election and the citizens. I am sure with the events that have happened, I am sure that everybody will make sure that it does.”