Qualifications to Run as a Trustee, Nominate a Candidate, or Vote
Section 21(1) – Subject to the exceptions in sections 22, 23, and 24 of the Local Elections Act (LGA) and section 256(3) of the School Act (SA), to be eligible for nomination as a candidate, a person must on nomination day:
(a) be eligible to vote in the election in which the person is a candidate,
(b) have been a resident of the local jurisdiction and the ward, if any, for six (6) consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day (see below for further details), and
(c) not be otherwise ineligible or disqualified.
Sections 22 and 23 (LGA) describe circumstances that deem a candidate ineligible.
Below, see the requirements for residency based on faith, and based on ward locations.
Rules of Residency
Determinants of Residency - Faith
Section 44 – School Act
An individual residing within the boundaries of the Roman Catholic school district who is of the same faith (Roman Catholic) is a resident of the Roman Catholic school district and is not a resident of the public school district.
This section, in conjunction with other relevant sections of the Local Authorities Election Act (sections 48(2)(3)), establishes that where a Roman Catholic school district exists, those persons who are of the same faith are eligible to run as a trustee, to nominate a Roman Catholic candidate for trustee, and to vote for a Roman Catholic school district trustee. All others are eligible to vote for a public school trustee.
Eligibility to vote for a trustee for a particular system is determined by faith. If you have children attending the public system but are a separate school elector, you must vote for a separate school trustee.
Clearview Public Schools has parts of the division where Roman Catholic school boundaries were formed. Residents of areas that have Roman Catholic school district boundaries are residents of the Roman Catholic school division and not considered resident of the public school district.
All else considered, persons residing in an area that does not also have a Roman Catholic school boundary is a resident of the Clearview Public Schools and eligible to vote or run as a trustee. Similarly, if you are not of the Roman Catholic faith and reside in an area that has a catholic school boundary, you are a resident of the Clearview Public Schools and eligible to vote or run as a trustee.
Determinants of Residency – Wards
Clearview Public Schools has established wards in the division. Click HERE for a map of the electoral wards.
Wards subdivide the total geographical area of the school authority into smaller geographical units. Persons who reside in a particular ward vote for a candidate to represent the ward in which they reside. All wards have one representative, except for Ward 3 (Stettler) which has two representatives.
Section 47 and 48 of the Local Authorities Election Act requires that, where wards or electoral subdivisions are established, a person is only eligible to run as trustee, nominate a trustee candidate, or vote in the ward in which the person resides.