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Recall petition notice issued for Donalda

A recall petition has been launched against Donalda’s mayor. (Stettler Independent file photo)

There could be changes afoot for the Village of Donalda.

In a letter dated Feb. 7 which was posted to X (formerly Twitter), village chief administrative officer Kristie Vallet acknowledged receipt of a Notice of Recall Petition against Mayor Douglas Booker.

According to the letter, the notice of recall petition has been “reviewed and deemed compliant.”

With the compliant notice, the petitioner now has 60 days to gather signatures from 40 per cent, or more, of the municipality’s population.

The letter notes that “only individuals eligible to vote for the elected official named in the notice of recall petition” can sign it.

Vallet concludes, noting that based on a village population of 219 people, 88 signatures will be required to be deemed sufficient.

The petition period will expire on April 6, 2024.

The City of Calgary received notice of a recall petition earlier this week against Mayor Jyoti Gondek.

The city said the petition would be measured against a population total of 1,285,711, which means it needs more than 514,000 signatures to meet the requirements.

About 393,000 of 847,556 enumerated electors voted in the last municipal election in 2021.

Other recall petitions have been attempted in Alberta, but only one has been successful.

Voters in Ryley, which is east of Edmonton, successfully removed Nik Lee as a councillor in June 2023 by getting 250 of the village’s 460 residents to sign a recall petition.

Some voters in Medicine Hat also tried to remove that city’s mayor with a recall petition last year but it failed to get enough signatures.

–With files from the Canadian Press