Byelection to be called for YCDSB trustee Area 3 after death of candidate

4 Oct

The following notice was posted on VaughanVotes.ca:

Due to the passing of Michele Carnovale, candidate for School Trustee, YCDSB Area 3, the election for the office of School Trustee YCDSB Area 3 is void under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. Votes for this office on the Ward 3 English Language Separate School Ballot will not be counted.
A by-election will be held in the near future.
Jeffrey A. Abrams
City Clerk and Returning Officer

The Municipal Elections Act states that a candidate cannot be acclaimed due to the death of another candidate.

Death or ineligibility of candidate
39. If a certified candidate for an office, before the close of voting on voting day, dies or becomes ineligible to hold the office,

(a) if no candidate would be elected by acclamation as a result of the death or ineligibility,

(i) the election shall proceed as if the candidate had not been nominated, and

(ii) the clerk shall omit the candidate’s name from the ballots or, if they have already been printed, shall cause notice of the candidate’s death or ineligibility to be posted in every voting place;

(b) if another candidate would be elected by acclamation as a result of the death or ineligibility, the election is void and a by-election shall be held to fill the office. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 21, s. 8 (21).

Carnovale passed away last week while in Italy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Carnovale family at this time.

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