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If for any reason there occurs a vacancy in the office of Council Member, the Mayor and Council shall, within thirty (30) days from the commencement of the vacancy either fill the vacancy by appointment by the Mayor with the approval of a majority of the Council Members or the Council shall call a special municipal election to fill the vacancy; provided, that no such special municipal election shall be called if a general municipal election is to be held within ninety (90) days from the commencement of the vacancy. Such a special municipal election shall be held not less than eighty-eight (88) days from the call of the special municipal election. The person so appointed or elected shall possess the qualifications hereinbefore prescribed for Council Members, and shall hold office for the unexpired term of the former incumbent.
(Amended by election on November 8, 1994)