159.(1) Ten electors, qualified to vote and whose names are entered on the electoral list in force in the municipality, may nominate a candidate for the office of mayor, and ten electors, qualified to vote and whose names are entered on the electoral list in force in the municipality for the ward in which the election is held, may nominate a candidate for the office of councillor for such ward, by signing a nomination paper, in form 8 if the mayor be in question, and in form 9 if a councillor be in question, stating therein the names and surname, residence and profession or occupation of the person nominated, in such manner as sufficiently to identify such candidate, and by delivering the said nomination paper to the returning officer on the day and at the hour and place indicated in the notice published in accordance with section 156, or causing the same to be delivered to the returning officer as hereinafter mentioned.
In the case provided for by section 33, the nomination paper shall moreover mention the number of the seat for which the candidate for the office of councillor is nominated.
(2) The mark affixed upon the nomination paper by any elector unable to write shall be deemed to be the signature of such elector, within the meaning of this act.
(3) Such nomination papers may also be filed with the returning officer at his office, and at any time between the date of the notice published in conformity with section 156 and the day of nomination, with the same effect as if produced at the time and place fixed for the nomination.
At the close of the time for nominating the candidates, the returning officer shall deliver, to every candidate, or agent of a candidate, applying therefor, a duly certified list of the names of the several candidates who have been nominated; and any votes given at the election for any other candidates than those so nominated shall be null and void.