Volume 94, Issue 28

Thursday, October 19, 2000


NEWS

City rallies for peace

London mayoral race begins

Budget unveiled, election on horizon

Clubs upset about new Wave schedule policy

Campus Briefs

Former USC president cashes in with Canada's first online drugstore

Corroded Disorder

London mayoral race begins

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff



Municipal elections for the City of London have reached the home stretch, with less than a month to go before election day.

Nominations officially closed Friday, Oct. 13 and the candidates now have a month left to campaign before election day, Nov. 13. Voters will elect a mayor, four controllers and 14 other city councillors, she said.

Students wishing to register to vote on election day have several options, explained Jo-anne Garis, supervisor of elections.

Students may pick up registration forms from the University Students' Council office in the University Community Centre, phone the elections office for registration forms, or go to their local polling station on Nov. 13 with photo identification and proof of residency, she said. Students must be 18 years old and current residents of London to vote, Garis added.

Four polling stations will also be set up in the UCC Atrium on election day, along with several stations at the affiliated colleges. Also, several candidate forums will be held in the UCC, she said.

Voter turnout for London's last municipal election in 1997 was high, she said, with 43 per cent of all eligible voters filling out ballots.

However, she added, student turnout was rather disappointing. "We've had low student turnout in the past," she said, explaining the responsibility fell on the candidates to hit the campaign trail and get students interested.

Current Mayor Dianne Haskett, said she has tried to keep strong connections with the student body at Western during her time in office. Through the USC's municipal affairs commissioner, Haskett said she has been able to talk with student representatives regularly.

"Western is such an integral part of the community. Not just financially, but culturally and socially," Haskett said.

Dave Braun, USC president, said the mayor of London has a position on Western's Board of Governors which gives these elections a direct effect on students. "Many people do not know but the mayor has an ex-officio vote on BOG and for that reason [elections] should be of importance to students."


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