Election 2020

The next municipal election in Nova Scotia will take place on October 17, 2020.

Municipal Candidates

To be a candidate in the municipal election, you must be:

  • 18 years of age at the time of nomination
  • a Canadian citizen
  • ordinarily resident in the Municipality of East Hants for six months preceding nomination day, and continue to so reside
  • ensure that all municipal charges that are due have been paid by nomination day

You don’t need to live in the polling district that you’re running in, as long as you meet the residency requirement of six months in the municipality.

If you are not sure of what a Councillor does or if you should run or not, click here for more detailed information.

Check out the Resources for Candidates page for more information.

Nomination Packages

Interested in running to be a municipal councillor in October’s election? Nomination packages are available by emailing election@easthants.ca or calling 902-751-0588.

Key Dates

*Subject to change.

March 17, 2020 Residency required to qualify as candidate in election
September 8, 2020 Nomination Day (Nominations can be filed by appointment with the Returning Officer in the seven business days preceding nomination day beginning Thursday, August 27, 2020)
September 9, 2020 Last day for candidate to withdraw
October 17, 2020 Election Day
October 20, 2020 Official Addition
October 24, 2020 Last day to file affidavit (re: removal of posters and return of voters list for return of full or part of deposit) – FORM 12
October 27, 2020 Last day to apply for a recount
December 16, 2020 Last day to file campaign contribution disclosure form – FORMS 40 & 41

Eligible Voters

Who can vote in Municipal Elections?

You qualify to vote if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • You are 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen on the fist advance polling day;
  • You have been ordinarily resident in Nova Scotia for 6 months immediately before the first advance polling day;
  • You are ordinarily resident in the Municipality of East Hants and have been so since immediately before the first advance polling day; and
  • You are not otherwise disqualified to vote in the Municipal elections.

Disqualified persons

You are considered a disqualified person for the purpose of a municipal election if you are:

  • the municipal Returning Officer
  • a person serving a sentence in a penal or reform institution
  • a person who has been convicted of bribery under this Act in the six years preceding ordinary polling day



Connie Nolan, Returning Officer
Municipality of East Hants
230-15 Commerce Court, Elmsdale, NS, B2S 3K5
Email: returningofficer@easthants.ca
Phone: 902-751-2038

Additional Resources

Municipal Elections Act

Municipal Elections Act Forms


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