2018 General Local Election
Saturday, October 20, 2018
An incorporated or unincorporated organization may endorse a candidate in an election and have that endorsement included on the ballot if, before the end of the nomination period, they file the required endorsement documents with, and provide the other required information to, the Chief Election Officer.
To be qualified to endorse a candidate an elector organization must have, at the time the required solemn declaration is made, a membership of at least 50 electors of the municipality or required district for which the election is being held, and must not be disqualified under the Local Government Act, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act or any other Act from endorsing a candidate. An organization must not endorse more candidates for a particular office than there are positions to be filled for that office. A candidate must not consent to endorsement by more than one organization in an election for the same office.
It is not necessary for an elector organization to be registered as is the case with Provincial and Federal organizations.
Elector Organization Endorsement Packages will be made available at the same time as Candidate Nomination Packages, on or before July 27th, 2018.
The Ministry has produced the Elector Organization Guide to Local Government Elections in BC, which contains useful information for elector organizations and outlines in detail the various forms and documents which must accompany an endorsement.
Elector Organization Endorsement Packages will be available for pick-up from the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Avenue, by Friday, July 27, 2018.
Filing Endorsement Documents
For endorsement documents to be accepted for filing the Chief Election Officer must receive the elector organization endorsement documents along with all of the other required information within the nomination period that begins on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 and ends on Friday, September 14th, 2018. To best ensure that documents are filed on time documents should be delivered to the Chief Election Officer at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall by hand, mail or other delivery service. If all of the required documents and information are not received by the Chief Election Officer before the end of the nomination period, the elector organization is deemed not to have filed and their endorsement must not appear on the ballot. If documents are submitted via email or fax, the original documents must be submitted to the Chief Election Officer on or before 4:30 p.m. on Friday September 21st, 2018.
As endorsement documents and required information are received, the Chief Election Officer is required to immediately send certain specified documents to Elections BC. Certain specified endorsement documents must also be made available for public inspection at the Municipal Hall during regular office hours from the time of delivery to the Chief Election Officer, until 30 days after the declaration of election results.
Can an Endorsement be Challenged
After an elector organization has filed endorsement documents the public may visit the Municipal Hall and request to inspect certain specified endorsement documents. If an elector, another nominee, or the Chief Election Officer believes that the organization is not qualified to be an electoral organization, or that something in the endorsement documents is not correct according to the Local Government Act, then they may challenge the endorsement through an application to the Provincial Court. This challenge must be filed between the time the endorsement documents are delivered and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
Withdrawal of Endorsement
An elector organization endorsement must not appear on a ballot if, before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018, a candidate withdraws their consent to the endorsement or the elector organization withdraws its endorsement of the candidate.