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SCRD takes first step to prepare for fall election

B.C. municipal election will be held on Oct. 15
So it begins...local governments are gearing up for general election day Oct. 15.

Although B.C.’s municipal elections aren't until Oct. 15, the Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has taken the first step in the process. 

On Feb. 24, the chief and deputy chief election officers for the regional district were appointed at a board meeting. 

Sherry Reid, the SCRD’s corporate officer, will be the chief election officer for the 2022 general local elections, and Jennifer Hill, the deputy corporate officer, was appointed as the deputy chief election officer. 

Coming up in the election process, July 4 will be the last day to adopt an election bylaw or election bylaw amendment. In late July and early August, nomination packages for candidates will be made available. 

According to Elections BC’s website, the pre-campaign period begins on July 18. The campaign period begins 28 days before the general election day.

So far, there haven’t been any public indications of who will run or re-run for local election.

The nomination period will be between Aug. 30 and Sept. 9. A declaration of candidates will follow, if there is a sufficient number of candidates. Sept. 13 will be the deadline to challenge nominations. On Sept. 19, it will be announced whether candidates will be elected by voting or acclamation.

Voting will begin with advance voting opportunities on Oct. 5 and 12, and the general voting day will be on Oct. 15.