Westsiders encouraged to vote Saturday

Polls close at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Westside's inaugural elections.

Voter turnout was projected to be 35 to 36 per cent, but Westside interim administrator Rod Drennan encouraged everyone to get out and vote.

Polling stations are located in six locations within the District of Westside, where voters are being asked to choose a mayor and six councillors.

There are five mayoral candidates and 24 councillor candidates.

Voters can cast ballots at Glenrosa elementary school, George Pringle elementary school, Constable Neil Bruce middle school, Hudson Road elementary school, Rose Valley elementary school and Casa Loma Beach Park.

Those living outside the District of Westside boundary, including nonnatives who live on Westbank First Nation land, can vote at any one of the six locations to select a Central Okanagan West electoral area director.

Voters outside the municipal boundary are also able to vote at a seventh polling station located at Killiney Beach community hall.

Electoral area residents are being asked to vote for one of two regional district director candidates.

All voters must be 18 years or older and Canadian citizens. Two pieces of identification must be provided to election staff and at least one must have proof of signature.

Residents must have lived within B.C. for more than 180 days and in the area they are voting in for more than 30 days.

Other voting qualifications are posted at the Central Okanagan Regional District website at

Almost 23,000 people are qualified to vote in the District of Westside municipal election. Another 7,500 are eligible in Central Okanagan West.

Election results will be posed at as soon as they are available.

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