The election body of New Brunswick has suspended all municipal polls in some parts of the northwest as the province goes into a lockdown that started last Sunday.
People have been asked to remain in their homes now that the province sees a surge in variant infections.
Haut-Madawaska and Edmundston are now under tight health measures, which started last night. Non-essential schools and businesses will shift to virtual mode. This is the second time that these areas have gone into lockdown.
The interim mayor of Edmundston, Eric Marquis, noted that it was necessary to impose these restrictions.
All elections scheduled for the 10th of May have been called off in Edmundston until the lockdown is lifted. A law was recently passed that empowers electoral officials to stop all nominations in certain areas.
Areas where elections have been called off include Haut-Madawaska, Edmundston, Riviere-Verte, Lac Baker, Saint Leonard Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska.
The elections body noted that provincial results would be tallied a bit late. The municipal electoral officer, Kim Poffenroth, said all eligible voters wouldn’t be issued with a voter’s card unit such a time when they are instructed that the lockdown is over.
Last week, Edmundston reported two fatalities and 16 infections resulting from the transmission of the U.K variant. Childcare centers and schools have also reported infections.
On Sunday, New Brunswick reported 9 new infections. Grand Falls and Edmundson reported 5 cases, 2 in Saint John, 1 in Moncton another in Fredericton. Zone 4 has 115 active infections.
Health officials said that under this lockdown, all households must maintain the single-household bubble. All non-essential travel out of the region is banned.