Info for Candidates

(Local Government Act Sections 69 – 78)

Information and Timeline

Who May Nominate

To run as a candidate for any local government office, you must be nominated by two people who are qualified to vote – either as resident or non-resident property electors – in the jurisdiction where you are seeking election.

Nomination Form

With your two nominators, you must complete a written nomination form which includes:

  • your full name (and your usual name if you would rather have that on the ballot. For example, if you would prefer to be called “Bob” when your full name is “Robert”);
  • the office for which you are nominated;
  • if applicable, a statement that you are being endorsed by an elector organization and would like that organization's name to appear on the ballot (see section 3.2.1 on Elector Organizations);
  • your residential address (and mailing address, if different);
  • the names and residential addresses of your two nominators (and if one or both of your nominators is a non-resident property elector, the address of that property);
  • a statement signed by your nominators that, to the best of their knowledge, you are qualified to hold office in BC.

Other Documents

Your nomination form must be accompanied by:

  • a statement signed by you saying that you consent to the nomination;
  • your solemn declaration that you are qualified to be nominated for office and that the information provided in the nomination documents is true (a solemn declaration is a declaration made on oath or by solemn affirmation signed by you and witnessed by the appropriate local government officer, Chief Election Officer, a lawyer or notary; it may be made in advance or taken by the Chief Election Officer when you deliver your nomination documents);
  • a solemn declaration from your elector organization – if you are being endorsed by one – that the organization fulfils the requirements for endorsing a candidate;
  • your written consent to the endorsement by your elector organization;
  • the financial disclosure statement required by section 2(1) of the Financial Disclosure Act. This statement must provide details of both your corporate and personal holdings, and is designed to help you avoid situations of conflict of interest. You are required to update your financial disclosure statement between January 1 and January 15 each year while holding office.

Nomination Period

You are now ready to file your completed nomination documents, with the Chief Election Officer at your local government office.

The nomination period opens 46 days before general voting day at 8:30am on October 4, 2011 and closes 36 days before general voting day at 4:00pm on October 14, 2011.

Remember that it is your responsibility to ensure all your nomination documents are submitted on time and that your documents are accurate and complete.

At the end of the nomination period, the Chief Election Officer will officially declare all nominees who have met the requirements as candidates for the local government election in November.

Challenges

Once your papers are filed at the local government office, any member of the community may ask to see your nomination documents.

If an elector in the community, another nominee, or the Chief Election Officer feels something in your nomination documents is incorrect – for example, that the name you have given is not your usual name or you have only lived in BC for five (5) instead of six (6) months – then your nomination may be challenged through an application to the Provincial Court.

This application must be made within four (4) days after the close of the nomination period. The Court will rule on the challenge within 72 hours of the end of the period for commencing a challenge.

A person challenging a candidate's nomination must notify the candidate within 24 hours of making application to the Court. The notice must set out the facts on which the challenge is based.

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