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IMPORTANT DATES

Nomination Packages Available 

 August 22, 2014

Nomination Period

September 30, 2014 (9:00 a.m.) - October 10, 2014 (4:00 p.m.)

Declaration of Candidates

October 10, 2014 (4:00 p.m.)

Notice of Election

October 16, 2014 - November 8, 2014

Last Day to Withdraw Candidacy

October 17, 2014 (4:00 p.m.)

Deadline to Receive Originals of Faxed Nomination Documents

October 17, 2014 (4:30 p.m.)

Advance Voting Days

November 5, 2014 (Wednesday) and November 12, 2014 (Wednesday)

General Voting Day

November 15, 2014 (Saturday)

Elected Officials' Oath of Office

December 2, 2014 (1:30 p.m.) at the District of West Kelowna Council Chambers

Candidates

To officially become a mayoral, councillor or school trustee candidate, individuals are required to pick up nomination packages beginning August 22, 2014 at District of West Kelowna Municipal Hall, 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6. Forms are to be completed and returned to Municipal Hall, during office hours, between 9 a.m. September 30 and 4 p.m. October 10, 2014. A Declaration of Candidates will be announced on October 10, 2014 at Council Chambers at 2760 Cameron Road.

According to the District of West Kelowna's General Local Government Election Bylaw, candidates for Mayor and Council are required to provide names and signatures of 25 nominators in order to run for local office.

In addition to the local bylaw, the Government of British Columbia establishes strict rules for candidates to ensure elections are fair, open and honest. Detailed procedures are listed in Part 3 of the Local Government Act.

The B.C. Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development also provides the Candidate's Guide to Local Elections to assist those individuals considering running for office. Please visit the ministry's 2014 Local Government Elections website for more information.

In order to run for local government office, you must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be 18 years of age or older on election day
  • Have lived in British Columbia for at least six months prior to election day
  • Have not been disqualified from voting in an election
  • Not be under sentence for an indictable offence nor be in custody or prison
  • Not have been found guilty of an elections offence or be otherwise prohibited from holding office
  • Not be a municipal employee or a salaried officer of the local government unless under leave of absence and willing to resign if elected
  • Not be a judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal

Candidates seeking office in local government elections must also adhere to financing guidelines and complete a Statement of Disclosure.

The Government of British Columbia also offers the Elector Organization Guide for individuals or groups who wish to act as a campaign organizer for a candidate.

Other Information for Candidates

Voters

Electors

Individuals may vote in a local (civic) election in British Columbia if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A Canadian citizen
  • Been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months before voting day
  • Been a resident of District of West Kelowna for 30 days or more before voting day
  • Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other Act from voting or otherwise disqualified by law

On election day, voters will need to produce two pieces of identification, one bearing a signature, to prove identity and residency. Acceptable forms of identification may include:

  • BC CareCard
  • BC Driver's Licence
  • BC ID Card from the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Credit card or debit card; providing name is embossed on the card
  • District of West Kelowna Property Tax Notice
  • ICBC Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence
  • Canadian Passport
  • Social Insurance Number card
  • Utility bill

If you have no ID showing your address, you will be asked to sign a Declaration of Residency form at the voting place.

Non-Resident Electors

Individuals who own a property in the District of West Kelowna but who live elsewhere in British Columbia, may qualify to vote as a Non-resident Elector. Non-resident property owners may register at the voting place. You must produce proof that you are the registered owner of the property. If you are one of two or more owners, you must also provide proof in writing that you have the consent of the majority of all the owners to vote as the non-resident property elector. You may get consent of the majority of property owners in advance by filling out a Non-resident Property Elector Consent Form.

A non-resident elector must also provide two pieces of identification as described above, under Electors.

No corporation is entitled to vote.

Employment Opportunities

The District of West Kelowna is looking for people with excellent verbal and written communications skills, who are outgoing and work well as part of a team, to work during the 2014 Local Government Election.

Interested individuals are required to drop in during a 2014 Local Government Election Job Fair to be held:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
3 to 7 p.m.
At Council Chambers
Municipal Hall
2760 Cameron Road,
West Kelowna, BC

The Chief Election Officer and the Deputy Chief Election officer will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and speak with interested applicants. Employment candidates will be required to complete an application form during the job fair. Due to the high number of applications typically received for elections positions, only those applicants who are successful will be contacted and asked to attend a training session.

Questions or requests for information can be directed through District of West Kelowna Main Reception at 778-797-1000 or info@districtofwestkelowna.ca.

Election Laws

The Local Government Act [RSBC 1996] Chapter 323, Part 3 establishes the regulations for elections, electors, candidates and chief electoral officers.

Anyone who commits and election offence, such as double voting or signing a false statement, could be fined up to $5,000 and/or serve up to one year in jail. They may also be prohibited from holding office and/or voting in local government elections for up to six years.

More serious elections offenses, such as vote buying or intimidation, could result in fines of up to $10,000 and a two-year prison term.

Links to Election Information

Mail In Ballots

Applications for mail in ballots will be available October 1.

Qualified electors may vote by mail if they:

  • have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; or
  • expect to be absent from the District of West Kelowna on general voting day and all advance voting opportunities.

A person who wishes to vote by mail ballot must apply to the municipality. Applications are available October 1, 2014 and can be obtained through Municipal Hall at 2760 Cameron Road. The mail ballots are available between the first day of advanced voting and two days before general voting day.

For more information on mail in voting, please contact the Legislative Services Department at 778-797-1000.

Past Election Results

The District of West Kelowna was incorporated in December 2007.

The first mayor and council served for a period of one year to bring West Kelowna's election schedule in line with provincial legislation, which indicated Local Government General Elections must be held every three years. Terms were changed to every four years, starting with the 2014 Local Government Election.

To view results from past elections, please select from the following links:

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like more information, you may contact Legislative Services at:

 Phone Icon 778-797-1000
 Email Icon info@districtofwestkelowna.ca

 

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