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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. Forms are to be completed and returned to Municipal Hall at 2760 Cameron Road, 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 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 2014 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 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
  • 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.

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

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 view Part 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.

Links to Election Information

District of West Kelowna General Local Government Election Bylaw No. 0017

District of West Kelowna Council Procedure Bylaw No. 0150

District of West Kelowna Sign Regulation Bylaw No. 0148

District of West Kelowna 2014 Budget

Province of British Columbia Candidates Guide for Local Elections in British Columbia

Local Elections Campaign Financing Act

Community Charter – Part 4 (Public Participation and Council Accountability)

Elections BC

Local Government Act: Part 3 – Electors and Elections

Financial Disclosure Act

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Interpretation Act

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 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 Division 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 Government 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  778-797-1100
 Email Icon  info@districtofwestkelowna.ca

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