The City Council's decision to hold next year's elections this year has led to accusations of dirty politics.

City officials said they are moving municipal elections initially scheduled for April 2016 to this November, because that's the time when most people are used to voting.

That, of course, is only six months from now, meaning less time for challengers to mount an offensive.

Critics of the move claim it's a tactic for Mayor Buddy Dyer and council members to control the election.

Dyer announced his bid for re-election last week.

"Any standalone election is a great opportunity for someone who cares about the city to come out and choose leadership," the mayor said.

In April, the Florida Legislature moved the date of the 2016 presidential primary from January to March. Because of that, Orange County's supervisor of elections asked the city of Orlando to move its elections to another day to prevent voter confusion.

But the city said moving the election later did not seem appropriate.

"Changing an election day in no way keeps anyone from being able to vote," Dyer said.

Some have called it a political move that works in favor of the mostly Democratic-leaning council.

We spoke to the chairman of the Orange County republicans Lew Oliver.

Lew Oliver, chairman of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, said it prevents anyone from having a real chance if they want to run for any of the open seats, including mayor.

"As a realistic measure, there is no way you could mount a challenge to the mayor of the city of Orlando in 5 or 6 months from scratch," Oliver said. "It's pretty tough to do it in a City Council race as well. Orlando is pretty big city."

With this change, the idea going forward would be to hold the city's elections in November every odd year.