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Today is nomination day for Hamilton Alderman election

Dennis Tucker has resigned as common councillor of the City of Hamilton in order to run for Alderman, a position made vacant by the resignation of Deputy Mayor Glen Smith who has decided to run in the general election.

“During his time on the Board, Dennis has chaired both the Finance and Governance committees which have been at the core of our move towards open government and the accountability of Members,” said Mayor Charles Gosling in a statement yesterday announcing the resignation.

“It has also been under his stewardship, as Chairman of the Finance Committee, that the Corporation has been able to weather the economic storm of reduced revenues.

“His prudent fiscal guidance during these difficult economic times has allowed us to save jobs and eliminate the City’s capital project debt, as planned.”

Mr Gosling said that he supported Mr Tucker’s decision to “build upon and increase his service to the City”.

Today is nomination day for the post of Alderman. The election, the first municipal election to be held under universal adult franchise, has been set for March 29, with advanced polling to be held March 22.

The election of a new Alderman will fall a year after reforms did away with the last vestige of the property-based voting in Bermuda’s municipalities.

Reforms opened the municipal elections strictly to residents of both Hamilton and St George’s. A bill restricting the vote to residents alone was approved in the House of Assembly in March 2011.

Under the previous order, business owners wielded more than one vote if they held multiple properties.

An overhaul of the 1923 Municipalities Act formally abolished the property vote in 2010, opening up the Cities to universal franchise.

It had previously been linked to property ownership and taxation, leaving many disenfranchised.

Nomination forms will be provided by the Office of the Parliamentary Register, and nominations can be filed at Hamilton City Hall from 11am to 1pm today.

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Published March 13, 2012 at 10:04 am (Updated March 13, 2012 at 10:04 am)

Today is nomination day for Hamilton Alderman election

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