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7 candidates make Winnipeg mayoral ballot, 3 fall short

Two of Winnipeg's mayoral candidates are no longer in the running, as they didn't collect enough signatures in time for the city's nomination deadline this afternoon.

Candidates didn't have enough signatures on nomination forms by 4:30 p.m. deadline

Mike Vogiatzakis talks to the CBC's Sean Kavanagh after the mayoral hopeful learned he did not have enough eligible signatures to be nominated as a candidate. 1:58

Thought about running in Winnipeg's civic election, but didn't get around to registering? You're out of luck now, as the nomination deadline has just passed.

Candidates for mayor, councillors and school trustees had until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to submit their paperwork with the city clerk's office if they want to get on the ballot.

The city clerk's office now begins the process of writing up the ballots for the 2014 civic election, set for Oct. 22.

The clerk's office at Winnipeg City Hall was a busy place on Tuesday, as candidates for mayor, councillors and school trustees filed their nomination papers. (CBC)
Two mayoral hopefuls, Mike Vogiatzakis and Hazem Aslan, made it to the clerk's office at the last minute, but they were deemed not eligible.

Buck Duchene, who jumped into the race just 10 days earlier, also failed to get on the official nomination list.

Vogiatzakis was 58 eligible signatures short in his nomination papers, while Aslan was short 95 signatures. Each needed 250 signatures from registered voters.

Vogiatzakis told CBC News he's very disappointed in the outcome, especially since he already had 2,000 signs printed. He said he is thinking about hiring a lawyer to contest the city clerk's decision.

"They said they're not on the voters' list and that's pretty amazing. This is bureaucracy at its best," he said.

"These are people that are all over the age of 18. They live in our city. They have homes in our city or businesses in our city."

Seven mayoral candidates did have their paperwork filed in time for the 4:30 p.m. deadline:

  • Brian Bowman
  • Michel Fillion
  • Paula Havixbeck
  • Robert-Falcon Ouellette
  • David Sanders
  • Gord Steeves
  • Judy Wasylycia-Leis

CBC News had a look at who signed the nomination forms for the various candidates for mayor.

Paula Havixbeck managed to score the signature of Mayor Sam Katz on her papers and a number of her colleagues on city council also signed.

Judy Wasylycia-Leis got nominated by more than a dozen prominent NDP members including Premier Greg Selinger's chief of staff and a couple of cabinet ministers.

As for the council races, all the city's wards have more than one candidate nominated.

The contest in the Transcona ward changed on Tuesday, when incumbent Russ Wyatt decided to seek re-election — just days after announcing that he would not run again so he could focus on entering federal politics.

Candidates needed the signatures of 25 registered voters to run for council and 250 signatures to run for mayor.

While the nomination deadline has passed, officials say candidates have until Wednesday to withdraw if they change their minds.

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