By-election scheduled

A by-election date has been scheduled for Sept. 7, 2013 for the position of mayor.

Chief Election Officer Dana Schmidt was appointed by Council last night, which triggers setting a general voting day under the Community Charter Sec. 41. General voting day must not be more than 80 days after the appointment date.

Important dates on the horizon:

  • Nomination period opens 9 a.m. on July 23: candidates can begin picking up their nomination documents.
  • Nomination period closes at 4 p.m. on Aug. 2: the deadline for candidates to submit their nomination papers.
  • Candidate withdrawal period at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9: the deadline for candidates to withdraw their nomination from consideration.
  • Declaration of election by voting on Aug. 9: this is the date when the finalized list of candidates will be posted, and details surrounding times and locations of voting opportunities will be announced.
  • Advance polls on Aug. 28 and 29: these are the dates when citizens can vote in advance, should they not be available during general voting day.
  • General voting day, Sept. 7.

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

The City of Penticton received former mayor Dan Ashton's official resignation in June, following his election to represent the Penticton riding in the Legislative Assembly during the provincial election held on May 14. The by-election will be held to replace him; should anyone on Council resign to run for the mayoralty, there will also be an opportunity to fill a councillor vacancy.