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West Kelowna Votes 2011
Official results from the 2011 Local Government General Election in West Kelowna indicated that DOUG FINDLATER was elected Mayor.

The following have been elected as Councillor:

RICK DE JONG
DAVID KNOWLES
GORD MILSOM
DUANE OPHUS
BRYDEN WINSBY
CAROL ZANON

Official poll tallies indicated the following vote counts:

Voting Locations

Total
Votes

Advance
Polls,
Special
& Mail

Const.
Neil
Bruce
Middle
School

George
Pringle
Elem.
School

Glenrosa
Elem.
School

Hudson
Elem.
School

Rose
Valley
Elem.
School

Candidate for Mayor
Findlater, Doug   

ELECTED

3734

578

735

946

513

536

426

Neis, Rosalind

2126

364

429

452

212

407

262

Candidate for Councillor
Albrecht, Gux

1628

244

353

359

183

305

184

De Jong, Rick

ELECTED

2879

506

571

708

323

447

324

Ensign, Rusty

1899

294

393

468

265

301

178

Ficke, Gordon

1439

218

264

401

264

182

110

Knowles, David

ELECTED

2526

429

465

634

323

381

294

Milsom, Gord

ELECTED

3376

601

695

809

333

562

376

Ophus, Duane

ELECTED

3528

590

666

891

461

540

380

Robinson, Randall

1005

155

177

256

131

159

127

Sinclair, Cathy

1788

279

374

355

233

270

277

Smith, Mike

643

100

133

150

89

96

75

Trenn, Mike

1323

229

242

358

165

219

110

Winsby, Bryden

ELECTED

2831

478

575

659

344

450

325

Zanon, Carol

ELECTED

3514

582

680

854

435

562

401

Candidate for Trustee School District #23
Fraser, Julia

ELECTED

1829

279

404

407

243

296

200

Holowchak, Jerry

826

128

146

168

90

170

124

Pomponio, Tina

1255

150

303

305

183

170

144

Summers, Dan

852

155

129

245

114

111

98

Declaration of Official Results occurred at 4 p.m. on November 22, 2011.

This web page provides additional information regarding:

Candidates

To officially become a mayoral, councillor or school trustee candidate, individuals were required to pick up nomination packages after August 26, 2011. Forms were to be completed and returned to Municipal Hall at 2760 Cameron Road, during office hours, between 9 a.m. October 4 and 4 p.m. October 14, 2011. A Declaration of Candidates was announced on October 14, 2011 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 were required to provide names and signatures of 25 nominees 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. To go to the Ministry's 2011 Local Government Elections website, please click here.

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 Campaign Organizer and 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 include:

  • BC CareCard
  • BC Driver's Licence
  • BC ID Card from the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Credit card or debit card; if a name is embossed on the card
  • District of West Kelowna Property Tax Notice
  • ICBC Owner's Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence
  • Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance Request for Continued Assistance Form EIA0081
  • 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.

Nonresident 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 Nonresident Elector. Nonresident 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 demonstrate - in writing - that you have the consent of the majority of all the owners to vote as the nonresident property elector. You may get consent of the majority of property owners in advance by filling out a Nonresident Property Elector Consent Form.

A Nonresident Elector must also provide two pieces of identification as described above, under Electors.

No corporation is entitled to vote.

Employment Opportunities

No election employment opportunities are available at this time.

Election Laws

The Local Government Act [RSBC 1996] Chapter 323, Part 3 establishes the regulations for elections, electors, candidates and chief electoral officers. Click here to viewPart 3 of the Local Government Act - Elections and Electors.

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.

Mail In Ballots

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 at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

A person who wishes to vote by mail ballot must apply to the municipality. Applications are available for a set period of time prior to the Local Government General Election and can be obtained through Municipal Hall at 2760 Cameron Road, when applicable. The mail ballots are subsequently 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 Corporate Services Department at 778-797-1000.

Past Election Results

The District of West Kelowna was incorporated in December 2007.

The first mayor and council only served for a period of one year to bring West Kelowna's election schedule in line with provincial legislation, which indicates Local Govenrment General Elections must be held every three years.

Subsequent elections have been held in November 2008 and 2011.

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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