Election 2020

Municipality of Colchester Election 2020

Every four years the Municipality of the County of Colchester holds and election for Mayor and Council, as well as the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP).

This year the Municipal and Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP) Elections will be held Saturday October 17, 2020.

Council encourages residents that are eligible to vote to do so on election day or on one of the Advance Poll dates (TBD).


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 first 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 Colchester 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


Who can vote in CSAP Elections?

To be eligible to vote for a member of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) theelector must meet the following additions qualifications:

  • The Elector’s first language learned and still understood is French, or
  • The Elector who received their primary school instruction in Canada in a French-first-language program, or

The Elector has a child whom has received or is receiving primary or secondary school instruction in Canada in a French-first-language program.



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 Colchester for six months preceding nomination day September 8, 2020), 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.

Read the Candidate's Guide to Municipal and CSAP Elections for more information.

More information about filing nomination papers will be available soon.


Important Dates

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 five business days prior – September 1-7, 2020)

September 9, 2020

Last day for candidate to withdraw

TBD (by resolution of council)

First Advance Poll

October 13, 2020

Second Advance Poll

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



Guy Wheeler, Returning Officer
Municipality of County of Colchester
1 Church Street
Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 3Z5
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 902-897-3182



Municipal Elections Act

Municipal Elections Act Forms



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