Nominations (Mayor and Councillor)

2018 General Local Election
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Who may Nominate a Potential Candidate?

To run as a candidate in the General Local Election for the office of Mayor or Councillor, an individual must be nominated by at least two (2) people who are qualified electors of the District of Oak Bay.  These individuals may be resident electors or non-resident property electors.  An individual may subscribe as a nominator to no more than the number of persons who are to be elected to fill the office for which the election is being held.  Therefore, up to one (1) nomination for the position of Mayor, and up to six (6) nominations for the position of Councillor. Confirm the eligibility of nominators.

Nomination Packages

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has produced a standardized Candidate Nomination Package to be used by all local governments for the 2018 General Local Election.  This package meets all of the Local Government Act and Local Elections Campaign Financing Act requirements pertaining to nomination documents and other information to be provided by a nominee.

The Ministry has also produced an informational Guide entitled “Candidate’s Guide to Local Government Elections in BC” which contains useful information for candidates and outlines in detail the various forms and documents which must accompany a nomination.  A copy of this Guide will be distributed with the Candidate Nomination Package.

Candidate Nomination Packages will be available for pick-up from the Oak Bay Municipal Hall, 2167 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC by Friday, July 27, 2018.

The nomination period is from 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and closes promptly at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018.  It is best to file the nomination papers in person at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall and it is advisable to make an appointment in advance to avoid delays when submitting completed documentation. To make an appoitnment, please call 250-598-3311.

NOTE: It is an individual’s responsibility to ensure that all required nomination documents are submitted on time and are accurate.

As nomination documents and other information are received, the Chief Election Officer is required to immediately send certain specified documents to Elections BC.  Certain specified nomination documents must also be available for public inspection at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall during regular office hours from the time of delivery to the Chief Elections Officer until 30 days after the declaration of election results.

Upon close of the nomination period, the Chief Election Officer will officially declare all qualified nominees as candidates for the District of Oak Bay General Local Election to be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Can a Nomination be Challenged?

After an individual has filed their nomination documents, the public may visit the Oak Bay Municipal Hall and request to inspect certain specified nomination documents.  If an elector, another nominee, or the Chief Election Officer believes that an individual is not qualified to be nominated or elected, or that something in the nomination documents is not correct according to the Local Government Act, then they may challenge the nomination through an application to the Provincial Court.  This challenge must be filed between the time the nomination documents are delivered, and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Can a Candidate Withdraw their Intent to Run for Office?

An individual may withdraw from being a candidate by delivering a signed withdrawal statement to the Chief Election Officer before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018.