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A general municipal election for the election of members of the Council, and for such other purposes as the Council may prescribe, shall be held in the City of Bakersfield on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year, except as otherwise provided by ordinance of the Council. The person having the highest number of votes given for each office shall be elected. The elected members of the Council shall hold office until their successors are elected or appointed and qualified. (Amended November 3, 1992: amended November 8, 1988: amended June 8, 1982: amended June 8, 1976)