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When a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor, the Council shall within thirty (30) days from the commencement of the vacancy, either fill the vacancy by appointment or 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 on the next regularly established election date 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 Mayor and shall hold office for the unexpired term of the former incumbent. No member of the Council during the term for which he shall have been elected or appointed shall be eligible to fill such vacancy.
(Amended by election on November 8, 1994)