Candidate Information

General voting day is October 15, 2022 to elect one Director for each electoral area (A-K).

Who Can Run?

You may run for local government office if you meet all of the following criteria :

  1. You are a Canadian citizen;
  2. You are at least 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
  3. You are a resident of BC for at least 6 months before filing nomination documents; and
  4. You are not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other Act from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

You do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which you are running for office.

For more information regarding candidate eligibility please consult Elections BC.

The BC government has many helpful resources for those thinking of running for local office. You can find them here

Key Dates for Candidates

The nomination period begins at 9:00 am on Tuesday, August 30 and ends at 4:00 pm on Friday, September 9. If submitting nomination documents by fax or email, originals must be received by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 16.

At 4:00 pm on Monday, September 19, candidates will be declared by acclamation or by voting. Challenges to nominations will be accepted until 4:00 pm on Tuesday, September 13.

Date

Action or Deadline

August 30, 2022

9:00 am – Nomination Period begins

September 9, 2022

4:00 pm – Nomination Period ends

Declaration of Candidates

September 13, 2022

4:00 pm – Challenge to Nomination and Endorsement Period ends

September 16, 2022

4:00 pm – Original nomination documents must be received, if sent by email or fax

September 17, 2022

12:01 am – Campaign Period begins

September 19, 2022

4:00 pm – Declaration of election by voting or by acclamation

Nomination Packages

Beginning in late July, nomination packages will be made available for download here or for pick up from the RDCK office in Nelson between 8:30 am-12:30 pm and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday excluding statutory holidays. You may also request a nomination package to be mailed to you by contacting the Chief Election Officer.

Any person who wishes to seek office (the Nominee) as an electoral area director must have a minimum of two (2) qualified nominators. Nominators must be eligible electors in the electoral area in which the nominee is seeking office. The Nominee must also pay a nomination deposit in the amount of $50.

Nomination documents, including elector organization endorsements, will be made available here for public inspection.

Election Signage Regulations

  1. Signs may be placed beginning at 7:00 am local time September 17, 2022.
  2. Signs must be removed by 8pm local time October 16, 2022.
  3. Signs placed along road right-of-ways must be set back at least 2m from the paved surface.
  4. Signs belonging to a candidate must be placed at least 10m apart.
  5. Signs belonging to different candidates must be placed at least 2m meters apart and in a way that does not obscure their content.
  6. Signs shall be no larger than 2m x 1m.
  7. Elections signage shall not:
    1. be unsightly, dilapidated, structurally unsafe, illuminated, a traffic distraction or interfere with the safety of vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians;
    2. be permitted to be attached or affixed to vehicles or trailers;
    3. visually obstruct, simulate, or detract from any traffic control signs;
    4. be attached to or placed on Regional District structures or property;
    5. be located within 100 metres of a voting place on voting days;
    6. obscure fire hydrants or house numbers; or
    7. contain language that is inappropriate, threatening, or derogatory.
  8. Election signage may be removed for cause if considered by the CEO as not meeting these requirements.

Campaign Advertising and Financial Disclosure

Elections BC administers campaign financing, disclosure, and advertising rules for local elections and assent voting in BC under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Please visit the Elections BC website for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Chief Election Officer
Tom Dool
Phone: (250) 352-8173
Email: tdool@rdck.bc.ca

Deputy Chief Election Officer
Angela Lund
Phone: (250) 352-8160
Email: alund@rdck.bc.ca 

The content on this page was last updated June 27 2022 at 4:02 PM