An emergency has been declared pursuant to section 53 of the Municipal Elections Act by Kevin Klingenberg, Acting County Clerk. The declaration was determined necessary after consultation with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit on the additional requirements needed to safely administer a by-election during the province-wide lockdown.
Initial measures will first impact candidates to ensure they may be safely nominated and in adherence with lockdown public health measures. Candidates will be advised of any necessary amendments to existing nomination requirements as soon as they are made.
The health, safety and councillor representation of Ward 2 residents are the primary consideration of the emergency declaration.
Postponing the by-election has not occurred, but remains an option until it can be determined the Ward 2 by-election can continue to be run safely and on time during lockdown.