All Mayors, Councillors and School Trustees are elected for a three-year term and elections are held throughout the province every third year on the third Saturday in November. At the same time as local elections are held, referenda may be held on questions affecting municipalities and regional districts.
Qualifications for Office
Who May Run
A person is qualified to be nominated, elected and hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:
- Canadian citizen; and
- 18 years of age or older; and
- resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
- not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.
Who May Not Run
You may not run for local government office if you:
- are a judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal;
- are an employee or salaried officer of the local government (unless you have taken a leave of absence to run for office and agree to resign if elected), including if you are running as a regional district electoral area director when employed by a municipality which is a member of that regional district;
- are under sentence for an indictable offence and are in custody or in prison; · have been found guilty of an elections offence, such as double voting or buying votes, and are prohibited from holding office; or
- are disqualified for not filing a disclosure statement in a previous election, or for not making an oath of office or attending meetings, or liability for use of money contrary to the Community Charter and Local Government Act.
Role of Individuals Elected to City Council
Term of Office
If you are elected you are expected to serve a three-year term. This term will officially begin on the first Monday after the first day of December following the election.
Holding a position in local office can be time consuming. Penticton City Council meets the first and third Monday of each month, afternoons and evening. In addition, you may be asked to sit on special committees, boards or commissions that also require significant time. You will also be asked to attend various functions, parades, openings, etc. You might consider talking to someone currently in local office to find out how much time you will be expected to commit.
The mayor and councillors receive a small annual amount in recognition of the time and energy they have devoted to their communities.
Approximate remuneration for 2011:
- Mayor $57,800 plus $1,600 in town expenses
- Councillors $19,667 plus $1,166 in town expenses
Conflict of Interest
Conflict of interest voting rules in the Community Charter requires that, once in local office, you may not vote on or participate in discussions about any matters where you have a direct or indirect pecuniary (financial) interest.
If you do have such an interest, you must:
- declare your interest in the matter;
- withdraw from the meeting;
- not participate in the discussion or vote; and
- not attempt to influence, in any way, the voting of other elected officials on the matter.
If you participate in the discussion or vote, or attempt to influence the vote, you risk losing your elected office.
A council member of former council member must keep in confidence any record held in confidence by the municipality until the record is released to the public as lawfully authorized. If the municipality suffers loss or damage because a person contravenes the confidentiality, the municipality may recover damages from the person for the loss or damage.
The Candidates Guide is designed to assist anyone interested in seeking election or re-election in the City of Penticton. It provides an overview of the electoral process in British Columbia and a summary of the steps you need to take to run as a candidate in the local election.
- Candidates Guide Updated to external link Oct 27, 2011
If you are interested in running for school board trustee, please check Part 4 of the School Act for additional details.
The nomination period is from 9:00 a.m. October 4, 2011 until 4:00 p.m. October 14, 2011 and must be received by the Chief Election Officer during these hours.