With the 2022 Winnipeg municipal and school boards election approaching this fall, the city has launched an official election website for prospective candidates and eligible voters to find information on registration, nomination processes and important dates leading up to the election.
In a media release, senior election official Marc Lemoine said, “We wanted to ensure we provided as much information, as early as possible, so that potential candidates and the public understand the process of running for public office.”
“We hope the easy-to-use, mobile-friendly website will also help engage voters early in the process.”
In a statement from Oct. 23, 2020, incumbent Mayor Brian Bowman said he would not be seeking re-election in 2022.
“I want to be open with Winnipeggers about my personal plans for the future, plans that do not include a career in elected office, plans that do not include running again for re-election as mayor.”
“It is my hope that Winnipeggers will elect a new mayor in 2022 that has the integrity and work ethic needed in the office of the mayor.”
The website contains a wide range of information for both potential candidates and eligible voters. Prospective candidates for mayor, councillor and school trustee can find information on eligibility and the registration process as well as the nomination process and campaign period.
For each of the three elected positions, candidates must be Canadian citizens, 18 years old or older on election day and a resident of Manitoba. For the school trustee position, candidates must also have been a resident in the school division they are running in since April 26, 2022.
The website also includes rules and regulations for the proper use of campaign signage as well as legislation relevant to prospective candidates, such as the City of Winnipeg Charter and the Municipal Councils and School Boards Elections Act.
Voters, meanwhile, are able to find information on voter eligibility as well as what their identification requirements are.
To vote for mayor or councillor, an elector must be a Canadian citizen, be 18 years old or older on election day and have residence or property in the city of Winnipeg for at least six months since April 26, 2022.
Aside from information for candidates and voters, a list of frequently asked questions can also be found regarding the election, which will take place Oct. 26, 2022.