District 1 Special Election



Nomination Day for the 2017 Special Election for to fill the vacancy for Council District 1 concluded at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. At that time, there was one candidate who filed for Council – Marshal Hector.

As per Section 55 of the Municipal Elections Act, “ Where only one candidate or only the number of candidates authorized by law to be elected to represent the polling district are officially nominated within the time fixed for that purpose, the returning officer shall so inform the clerk, who shall declare the candidate or candidates duly elected at the first meeting of the council after ordinary polling day or, in the case of a special election where holding a poll is no longer necessary, at the first meeting after being so informed.”

Councillor Hector was declared elected and sworn in as a member of Council on September 14th at the regular Council meeting.

Councillor Hector previously represented District 1 as a member of Council from 2000 to 2012.

Councilor Hector can be contacted at (902) 228-2881. Further contact information will be made available once available.


Contact Information

Pamela Myra, Assistant Returning Officer
Telephone: 902-275-3631
Fax: 902-275-4771
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Mail: Municipality of the District of Chester, PO Box 369, Chester, NS B0J 1J0
In Person: 151 King Street, Chester

Election Results

The results of the Municipal and School Board Election will be posted in real time as Polling Stations close on Election Night (October 15, 2016). The page will be refreshed every 15 seconds. Please follow us on Twitter @chestermun or like us on Facebook for updates on results throughout the night. On Election Day, we will replace this article with our official results page, which is unpopulated until polling stations begin to report.

Election Contact Information

If you have questions about the Election, please contact:




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Voter Information


The Municipal and School Board Elections will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016. On this date voters in the Municipality of the District of Chester will elect their Council and School Board representatives.

The Municipality is once again providing the option of electronic voting for residents – this can be done via telephone or internet. Electronic voting will allow voters to vote at their convenience from anywhere there is a phone or internet from 8:00 a.m. Thursday, October 6 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11. Only traditional paper ballots are available on Ordinary Polling Day which is Saturday, October 15.

Members of Council represent you and are responsible for services that affect all residents. Some of those services are waste collection, municipal sewer services, emergency measures, land use planning, fire inspection, zoning, building permits, recreational services, and various others. You will vote for your Councillor to represent you. 

Members of the School Board represent their residents on the Regional School Board.

Am I on the Voters List?

The Municipality has the Provincial Voters List and is in the process of a preliminary review to ensure it is as accurate as possible. Past practice has been to send out letters to each voter in mid-July following the preliminary review; however, if the impending postal strike extends past August 5, 2016 the Municipality will not forward the initial letter and will use alternate methods to enable voters to ensure they are on the list.

This process will be advertised and will require eligible voters to confirm they are on the Voters List by contacting the Assistant Returning Officer, Pamela Myra, using any of the following methods:

Telephone 902-275-3631 or 902-275-3554
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Fax 902-275-4771
Visiting 151 King Street, Chester

Once the Voters List is amended and as up to date as possible, each Voter will receive a Voter Information Letter in late September containing the following information:

  • Your full name – please ensure this is correct as names can be duplicated or very similar;
  • A unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) that provides access to electronic voting (internet or phone);
  • Date of birth (this does not appear on the List of Electors used at the Polling Stations and is only used to identify each person);
  • Civic Address to ensure you know who you are voting for and where to vote on October 15;
  • Mailing Address to ensure election information is provided to you directly.

If you do not receive a Voter Information Letter in September, there is still an opportunity to be added to the Voters List by contacting the Assistant Returning Officer.

Who can vote?

There are requirements that must be met in order to be qualified to vote for your Council representative:

  • You must be 18 years old on or before the first advance polling day (October 6, 2016);
  • You must be a Canadian Citizen on or before the first advance polling day;
  • You must have been living in Nova Scotia six months before the first advance polling day;
  • You must be living in the Municipality immediately before the first advance polling day.

There are some exceptions:

  • Students living away from home (special rules apply)
  • Some people cannot vote – the Returning Officer, inmate at a penal institution, a person convicted of bribery under the Municipal Elections Act in the past six years, and non-residents.

Who can I vote for?

Council – you can vote for one Councillor in the district in which you live.
School Board – you can vote for only one school board office in an election. There are three – the Regional School Board Member, the African Nova Scotian Member of the Regional School Board, and the Conseil Scholaire Acadien Provincial (CSAP). It is the responsibility of the voter to be aware of their qualifications to vote for their School Board representative.

2016 Election

The Municipal Election was on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

Results are at

Newly elected Councillors were sworn in on Thursday, October 27, 2016.