31.2. The holder of an office that must be held by the mayor of a municipality in category 2 or 3 shall be designated by and from the mayors of the municipalities in that category, in the manner set out in this section.
On his own initiative or on the request of any of the mayors of the municipalities in the category, the secretary of the Community shall call a meeting of the mayors using the procedure for the calling of a special meeting of the Council.
The meeting of the mayors is public, the quorum is the majority of the mayors and the secretary shall preside at the meeting. Each mayor has one vote.
At the beginning of the meeting, the mayors shall decide by a majority vote whether the holder of the office will be designated by a voice vote or by secret ballot.
The secretary shall establish the nomination and voting procedure. He shall declare as holder designate of the office the mayor who is the only candidate or for whom more than half of the votes were cast. The secretary shall hold as many rounds of voting as are necessary to designate the holder of the office; at the outset of the process, he may set rules so that candidates are eliminated in each round of voting.
However, at the beginning of the meeting, the mayors may, by a simple majority of the votes cast, determine the circumstances in which a drawing of lots, rather than another round of voting, will be held in the case of a tie vote following a round of voting. If such circumstances arise, the secretary shall establish the procedure for the drawing of lots, hold the draw and declare the mayor who is favoured by the drawing of lots to be the holder designate of the office.
The secretary shall draw up the minutes of the meeting and shall table them before the Council at the first meeting of the Council following the meeting of mayors.
1993, c. 67, s. 5; 1996, c. 52, s. 45.