A municipality where the division of its territory into electoral districts respects the number of districts prescribed in the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities, along with the criteria on respecting natural communities and on the equality of electors vote, can maintain the same division as that passed for the preceding general election.
The municipal council must, by a resolution, request that the CRE, before March 15 of the calendar year preceding that in which a general election is to be held, confirm that it has met the requirements to proceed with such a maintaining of districts. The CRE shall subsequently transmit to the municipality a certified copy that confirms that the municipality fulfills the conditions or fails to do so. If the latter, the CRE shall notify the municipality that it must follow the usual procedure for dividing its territory into electoral districts.
If the municipality fulfills the conditions to maintain the same division, it has 15 days following the transmission of the CRE’s decision to publish, in a newspaper having general circulation in the municipality’s territory, a notice informing electors that it wishes to maintain the division.
Within 15 days of the publication of this notice, any elector may inform the clerk or the secretary-treasurer in writing of his objection to the draft by-law.
If the number of electors who oppose is sufficient, the municipality is required to follow the usual procedure for dividing electoral districts.
If the municipality does not receive opposition in sufficient numbers, the division is renewed the day after the deadline for electors to make their opposition known expires.