Petition sheets for the initiative to amend the Police Act were issued Monday to proponent Dana Larsen.
Registered canvassers have 90 days to collect the signatures of at least 10 percent of registered voters in each of the province’s 85 electoral districts.
“In order to sign the petition, individuals must be registered on the provincial voters list as of today and may sign the petition sheet only for the electoral district in which they are registered to vote,” said chief electoral officer Keith Archer. “The proponent must return signed petition sheets to Elections BC by Dec. 9, 2013.”
There are no registered opponents or currently registered initiative advertising sponsors for the initiative petition.
Elections BC has 42 days from the date the completed petition pages are submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer to verify that those who signed the petition were entitled to do so. The proponent must file a financing report with the Chief Electoral Officer within 28 days of submitting the petition.
If the petition has enough valid signatures and the proponent meets the legislated financing requirements, the Chief Electoral Officer will send a copy of the initiative petition and the draft Bill to the Select Standing Committee on Legislative Initiatives.
The Select Standing Committee must meet within 30 days of receiving the initiative petition and draft Bill. Within 90 days of their first meeting, the Committee must either table a report-recommending introduction of the Bill or refer the initiative petition and the draft Bill to the Chief Electoral Officer for an initiative vote. The next scheduled date for an initiative vote is Sept. 27, 2014.
Initiative legislation came into force with the Recall and Initiative Act, 1995.
Eight previous initiative petition applications received approval in principle by the Chief Electoral Officer.