2. An election shall be held every four years for all the offices on the council of a municipality.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, in a municipality where a by-law to that effect is in force on 31 December 1987, an election shall be held every second year for the purpose of electing persons to one-half of the offices held by councillors, and every four years for the purpose of electing a person to the office of mayor, so as to allow each office to be open for nominations every four years.
The process by which persons are declared elected to the offices then open for nominations constitutes a regular election. The regular election at which all the offices on the council are open for nominations constitutes a general election.
Where the by-law referred to in the second paragraph is repealed, the first general election shall be held in the calendar year in which the next regular election for the office of mayor is to be held.