Total number of votes Cast
(Please note that the total number of votes cast will not necessarily equal the total number of votes, due to intentionally spoiled ballots which are counted as a vote cast but the results are not counted)
BC Local Government Elections are held every three calendar years.
Saturday, November 19, 2011 is the next Local Government Election day across the province. This is an opportunity for qualified voters to exercise their democratic freedom in selecting the candidates of their choice to sit on Council for three years, and make decisions on their behalf. The District of Peachland will be holding elections for qualified voters for the following slots:
New - To view the current list of candidates for Mayor, Councillor and School Trustee, please click here
Nomination Packages are available at the municipal office, starting on Friday, August 26th, 2011. Alternatively, you can download and print a package from the links below:
The nomination period for returning the nomination packages is from October 4th to 14th, 2011. For further information regarding the nomination packages please contact either the Chief Election Officer or the Deputy Chief Election officer at 250-767-2647.
Qualifications for Office
A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:
You do not have to reside in the jurisdiction in which you are running for public office.
Resources for Potential Candidates
Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Local Government Elections Webpage
BC Legislation Local Government Act
The Mayor's Remuneration is $21,017 per year, and the Councillor's remuneration is $11,469 per year. One third of the stipend is non-taxable.
District of Peachland Bylaws:
1. Act honestly in making representations about the candidate's own claims for election, and their intention to represent the electorate.
2. Act honestly in making representations about the claims of other candidates for election.
3. Conduct themselves in a manner to ensure they are not compromising a free and fair election process.
4. Avoid placing themeselves under any financial obligations that might influence them in discharging their duties and responsibilites if elected as an Elected Member of Council.
Term of Office
If you are elected to Local Government office, you are expected to serve a full three year term. This term will officially begin on December 6, 2011.
Eligibility of Electors (Resident & Non-Resident)
Electors fall into two categories:
1. Resident Electors; and
2. Non-Resident Property Electors
* Please note that corporations are not eligible to vote.
Resident Elector - Eligibility:
At the time of registration, the resident elector must:
Non-Resident Property Elector - Eligibility:
A non-resident property elector must meet the same requiremetns as the resident elector, except that instead of being a resident of the District for 30 days prior to registration, the person must be the registered owner of real property in the District for at least 30 days prior to registration. A property elector may not register as both a resident elector and a non-resident property elector. A person may register as a non-resident property elector in relation to only one parcel of real property in the District. If more than one indivdual is registered as an owner, only one of them may register as a property elector for that property. To register, that person must present written consent of the majority of registered owners.
*Please note that a non-resident property elector must have been a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the General Voting Day.
Non-Resident Property Elector - Registration:
In order for a non-resident property elector to vote, the person must present the following:
Where to Vote?
The District of Peachland has one polling station at the Community Centre located at 4450 6th Street. There will be three potential voting opportunities for the 2011 Local Government Elections:
Mail Ballot Voting:
Mail ballot voting will be permitted for those qualified electors who are unable to vote in the advance voting opportuntities or on general voting day, due to:
To print out an application for Mail Ballot Voting, please click here
In the event of a tie vote for any election race, the District has a procedure in place. To view the procedure, please click here.
If you have any questions regarding the 2011 Municipal Election, including candidates, voting procedures or bylaws please contact the Chief Election Officer, Polly Palmer at 250-767-2647.