Legislation is being presented today that will delay New Brunswick’s municipal general election from May 11 2020 to on or before May 2021, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made via the all-party Cabinet committee, based on advice from the Chief Electoral Office with support from the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“The absolute top priority is public safety, including of voters, election workers, and volunteers,” says UMNB President Wayne Sturgeon. “We also need to ensure the election is fair, and that voters can participate without danger or barriers. This is the right call and we strongly support their decision.”

Cabinet will have the ability to set the date. Elections NB needs at least 4-months lead-up for logistics such as staffing and office rental. The 12-month buffer will be waived for by-elections, and LSD elections will be suspended. Candidates will have advance notice of the new election date.  

“Thank you to the mayors and councillors being asked to serve, in some cases much longer than you expected. Thank you to our dedicated municipal staff working hard to keep people in our communities safe during difficult times. We know you love your community.”