FREDERICTON (GNB) – With today’s publication of the notice of byelections, the nomination period has begun for Feb. 13 byelections in the new local government of Valley Waters.

The entity in the Sussex region includes the village of Norton and the local service districts of Springfield, Norton, Upham, Kars and Wickham.

Candidates for the two vacant seats – one in Ward 2 and the other in Ward 3 – can submit their nomination papers starting on Monday, Jan. 9, when the local municipal returning office opens to the public.

“We encourage candidates not to wait until the last minute to file their nomination papers, as it might not leave them enough time to fix any mistakes that could be discovered when the returning officer reviews their paperwork,” said chief electoral officer Kim Poffenroth.

The Ward 2 vacancy was created when the Department of Environment and Local Government added a councillor position, correcting an error made during the creation of the new entity; the vacancy in Ward 3 remained following the Nov. 28, 2022, elections and the chief elector officer decided to fill that vacancy at the same time.

The deadline for candidates to submit their nomination papers is 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20.