Municipal elections info for candidates
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The Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l'Habitation (MAMH) invites residents of the Montérégie to participate in one of eight virtual information sessions that will take place between March 13 and April 14, 2021 for the next municipal elections. The meeting for Vaudreuil-Soulanges will be held Saturday, March 13 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Organized and animated by the Regional Directorate of Montérégie of the MAMH, these sessions aim to inform and encourage the population to take part in municipal democratic life by presenting themselves as a councillor or mayor. They will address municipal organization, the role of elected officials and the nomination process, in addition to other aspects allowing a better understanding of involvement in municipal politics. Finally, a period of questions and discussions will take place to close the event.
Interested persons must register, respecting the territory of their regional county municipality (MRC) at the following address: www.sondageonline.com/s/7a97f88.
• The ‘Je me présente’ (I introduce myself) campaign is a government initiative aimed at increasing the number of candidates in the next municipal elections scheduled for November 7, 2021. Components specifically aimed at women and young people have been designed to increase the representativeness of these candidate groups in city councils.
• During the last municipal elections in 2017, in the Montérégie region:
In all, 625 positions out of a possible 1295 had been filled without opposition.
The average age of those elected was 52.2 years for the post of municipal councillor and 58.4 years for that of mayor. For newly elected officials, the average age was 49.8 years, while for re-elected candidates, it was 55.2 years.
Only 19.8 per cent of mayor positions were held by women in the aftermath of the 2017 elections. Regarding the post of municipal councillor, women held 30.8% of available seats.
The full schedule of the ‘I am running for municipal elections 2021’ briefings can be found on the campaign website.
For more information on running for municipal elections, visit jemepresente.gouv.qc.ca or call 1 844 844-8466.