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You could be disqualified from office if you do not file a candidate disclosure statement and/or take the oath of office following the general local election. There are also significant penalties for failing to comply with the campaign financing and election advertising rules in the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA, the Act). Including possible fines and/or imprisonment.
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If you meet the following requirements, you may be nominated to run for Electoral Area Director:
Who is NOT eligible
You are not eligible to run as Electoral Area Director if you:
Yes. You must fill out the required candidate nomination forms. Nomination papers will be available to download or pick up from the CSRD Office once available.
There is no nomination fee.
The nomination period begins on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 9 AM and ends on Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4 PM.
No. There is a specific restriction against both working for, and holding office in, the same local government. However, if you were to take a leave of absence from your job, you could run in the election. If elected, you would have to resign your job.
Yes. In such an instance, if elected, you could be vulnerable to allegations of conflict of interest because of your employment.
Yes. Although it might not be wise. If elected you could be vulnerable to allegations of conflict of interest because of your employment.
It depends on whether you are considered to be an employee of the local government despite your contract. Check with the CSRD Chief Election Officer. You may want to consider whether your contract could expose you to allegations of conflict of interest while serving as an elected representative.
Yes. The only restriction is that you cannot run for, or hold, two offices in the same local government. In other words, you can't run for both mayor and councillor.
Whenever you like. Just make sure you record all your election contributions and expenses for the disclosure statement you must file within 120 days after voting day. The same applies to elector organizations and candidates alike.
All candidates must appoint a financial agent. Some appoint an official agent, scrutineers and volunteers to help with the election campaign. Some candidates may also be endorsed by an elector organization.
For information on campaign financing disclosures requirements, Elections BC has published a guide.
The minimum number of people is two, but it's wise to have more in case it turns out that one of them is not an eligible nominator.
Yes. You may view a candidate’s nomination documents from the time they were submitted to the local government until 30 days following the declaration of results at the CSRD office or on this website.
Yes. You must file a candidate disclosure statement even if you were not elected.
Yes. They will be available on the Elections BC website.
No. There can be no campaign material (signs, buttons, brochures, etc.) within 100 metres of a voting place or advance voting opportunity.
You may withdraw as a candidate until 4 PM on the 29th day before voting day (Friday, September 16, 2022). At the time of filing nomination papers, candidates must sign a declaration that they fully intend to accept the office if elected.
An elector organization promotes a candidate, group of candidates or a point of view during a local election in one or more jurisdictions. Elector organizations are also known as civic political parties. An elector organization must have a membership of 50 or more eligible electors when the endorsement is made. Further information about elector organizations can be found on Elections BC website.
You can get answers to questions about election advertising, third party sponsors and campaign financing by contacting Elections BC.