The mayor and councilmen (or commissioners) of all cities operated under the commission
form of government shall be elected from the city at large, but the municipal authorities
may establish as many wards and as many voting precincts in each ward as may be necessary
or desirable. No person shall be eligible to the office of mayor or councilman unless he is a
qualified elector of such city and shall have been a bona fide resident thereof for
a period of at least one year next preceding the date of the commencement of his term
In the event the council should ordain that the councilmen posts shall be separated,
as provided in Section 21-5-11, such post shall be so separated for election purposes and persons seeking the office
of councilman shall qualify and seek election for a specific post, as designated by
ordinance, and each post shall be voted on separately by the qualified electors of
the municipality voting in said election.
In the event there should be but one candidate for one of such election posts, or
only one candidate for each of such posts, then such candidate or candidates shall
be declared to be elected.
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