People wishing to run for local government office must meet criteria in the Local Government Act including:
you must be a Canadian Citizen;
be at least 18 years of age on election day;
have lived in B.C. for six months;
have not been disqualified from voting in a BC local election.
You do not have to reside in the jurisdiction in which you are running for public office.
Before filing nomination papers, potential candidates should refer to the following information from the Province:
You may also wish to view the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Local Government Elections page or follow this link to the Local Government Act. You may also want to consider specific information provided by the Ministry about the Regional District form of local government or information regarding Municipalities.
The following Regional District bylaws may also be of interest:
Completed Nomination papers will be received on dates to be determined. No late nominations will be accepted.
School Trustee Elections
Candidates for Zone 1 School Trustee (Central Okanagan East and District of Lake Country) may pick up and file nomination papers from the District of Lake Country election office.
Candidates for Zone 2 School Trustee (Central Okanagan West, District of Peachland and WFN Reserves #9 and #10) may pick up and file nomination papers from the District of Peachland election office.
- A nomination deposit of $100 is required for School Trustee candidates.
If the originals of nomination documents delivered by facsimile transmission are not received by the Chief Election Officer by 4:00 p.m. on the 29th day before general voting day, the person nominated is deemed to have withdrawn from being a candidate in the election.
A person who has been nominated may withdraw from being a candidate in the election at any time up until 4:00 p.m. the 29th day before general voting day by delivering a signed withdrawal to the Chief Election Officer, which must be accepted if the Chief Election Officer is satisfied as to its authenticity.
Candidates should also be aware that within 120 days after general voting day for an election, the financial agent of:
must file with the designated local government officer a disclosure statement in accordance with this section of the Local Government Act.
'The highest destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.' Albert Einstein
You should be aware that holding local office could be time-consuming. In addition to regular meetings - usually twice a month for the regional board - you may be asked to sit on special committees, boards or commissions that also require significant time. As well, you should be prepared for contact with various constituents and members of the local media.
You might consider talking to someone currently in local office to find out how much time you can expect to commit. Bylaw No. 1102 and the Board Remuneration and Expense Policy set remuneration for Regional Directors.
For more information please contact the Regional District of Central Okanagan Election officials: