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Election


The next Municipal Election is on October 19, 2024. There will be no polling locations – voting will take place by phone or online. Eligible voters can vote 24/7 starting October 10, 2024. More information will be available on this page, closer to the election date.

Becoming a Municipal Councillor

When serving on Council, you become the voice for your community and act as a representative for the people in your area.

  • Be a Canadian Citizen
  • Be 18 years old on nomination day (September 10, 2024)
  • Be a resident of the municipality for a period of six months preceding Nomination Day (by March 9, 2024)
  • Not disqualified under Section 18 of the Municipal Elections Act
  • Candidates must have municipal charges such as taxes and liens, fully paid. A certificate from the Municipality stating there are no outstanding charges will be provided and has to be filed with your nomination paper. This applies even if you do not own property or owe taxes.

  • Executive Committee meetings that require 1 full day of participation a month
  • Monthly Council meetings that take place in the evenings
  • Extra budget meetings every new year
  • Compensation every 2 weeks

Joining Council is an opportunity to have your say on infrastructure projects, planning strategies and the legacy of our community. You play a vital role in the community by listening to people’s concerns and ideas and bringing them to the rest of your council colleagues. As a part of Council, you get to learn more about the financial health of our municipality, set operating and capital budgets and weigh in on recreation assets and strategies.

New Boundaries Coming Soon!

Election boundaries for every district in East Hants will be changing on October 19, 2024. Municipalities are required to review their polling districts for elections every eight years. The new districts are based on geography, community interests and ensuring all districts have a similar number of voters. The review also decided that East Hants Council will continue with 11 Councillors.

Stay tuned for our boundary look-up tool, coming soon!

Election Information

As we get closer to election time, more information will be posted to help residents throughout the process. Keep checking back for updates!

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Past Election Results

The Municipality of East Hants held a Special Election for District 4 – Shubenacadie, on July 23, 2022, to fill a vacant position on Council after the resignation of Councillor Ian Knockwood in April, 2022.

Two candidates ran in this election, with the following results:

CARL MACPHEE – 168,
KENDALENE (BO) WAMBOLT – 129

Carl MacPhee is a lifelong resident of East Hants. He graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science and had a 44-year career with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

This election was held electronically by the Municipality of East Hants, offering voting by telephone and internet. Voter turnout for the election was 15.3%. All candidates and voters are thanked for their involvement in this special election.

The official results for the 2021 Special Election for District 7 – Lantz/Milford are listed below.

Voter turnout for the election was 42.1%.

Total – 875

Julie BENOIT – 58

Carrie MACDOUGALL – 249

Glen D. PAUL – 167

Walter J. TINGLEY – 401  

The 2020 East Hants Municipal official election results are listed below.

Overall voter turnout was: 41.6%

Districts Votes Cast % Voted
District 1 867 39.2%
District 2 739 40.5%
District 4 727 38.2%
District 5 734 48.4%
District 6 748 54.4%
District 7 1,028 49.5%
District 8 513 32.4%
District 10 713 42.8%
District 11 525 30.8%

District 1 – Enfield

Sam Balcom – 173
Sandra Garden-Cole – 691


District 2 – Elmsdale-Belnan

Stephen King – 318
Norval Mitchell – 420


District 3 – Milford-Nine Mile River

Eldon Hebb – acclaimed


District 4 – Shubenacadie

Ian Knockwood – 326
Carl MacPhee – 183
Paul Preiss – 84
Marianne Stewart – 51
Kim Williams – 82


District 5 – Maitland-MacPhees Corner

Shannon MacWilliam – 217
Keith Rhyno – 514


District 6 – Walton-Noel-Kennetcook

Ron Fortune – 6
Wayne Greene – 373
Angela Sanford – 369


District 7 – Lantz-Milford

Julie Benoit – 209
John A. MacDonald – 379
Jonathan Nieforth – 88
Walter Tingley – 349


District 8 – Mount Uniacke

Brandon Lynch – 201
Michael Perry – 316


District 9 – South-East Uniacke

Elie Moussa – acclaimed


District 10 – Enfield-Grand Lake

John Douglas Boyd – 57
Tom Isenor – 367
Louise Parker – 283


District 11 – Rawdon-Gore

Andrew Cluett – 206
Eleanor Roulston – 318


CSAP Candidate

Alfred M. Benoit – acclaimed

The official 2016 East Hants Municipal election results are listed below. Overall voter turnout was: 25.4%

District Votes Cast % Voted
District 2 481 22.9
District 3 581 30.0
District 4 334 17.0
District 6 768 48.0
District 7 432 18.5
District 9 272 16

District 1

Cecil Dixon – (Acclaimed) 


District 2
Stephen King – 269

Norval Mitchell – 210


District 3
Eldon Hebb – 408

Willy Versteeg – 172


District 4
Pam MacInnis – 222

Kim Williams – 115


District 5
Keith Rhyno – (Acclaimed)


District 6
Greg Grant – 257

Wayne Greene – 452

Nancy Pick – 54


District 7
John A. MacDonald – 193

Heather A. Smith – 238


District 8
Cyril McDonald – (Acclaimed)


District 9
John Kingston – 118

Elie (Leo) Moussa – 154


District 10
Jim Smith – (Acclaimed)


District 11
Eleanor Roulston – (Acclaimed)


School Board
District 9 – CCRSB (includes EH Districts 5, 6, 8, 9, 11)

Trudy Thompson – (Acclaimed)

District 10 – CCRSB (includes EH Districts 1, 2, 3, 7, 10)

Wendy Matheson-Withrow (Acclaimed)

District 5 – CCRSB (includes EH District 4)
Reg Pauley (Acclaimed)

CSAP
Alfred M. Benoit-  (Acclaimed)

African Nova Scotia School Board Member
Tamara Tynes Powell (of Truro) – 264
Glenda Talbot-Richards (Truro Heights) (incumbent) – 363