Submit nomination papers for regional director/school trustee by 4 pm Oct. 10

Nomination papers are being accepted for the Regional District of Central Okanagan Director and School Trustee elections until this Friday.

Those people returning nomination papers for the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Area directors elections and the School District No. 23 Zone 1 (Central Okanagan East Electoral area and District of Lake Country) and Zone 2 (Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation reserves #9 and #10) elections have until 4 pm Friday, October 10 to file in order to have their name listed on the ballot.  Late nominations will not be accepted.

Two qualified electors from the jurisdiction for which a person is nominated must sign the nomination papers of any potential candidate.  As well, candidates must be a Canadian citizen at least 18 years of age on election day, have lived in BC for six months and not be disqualified from voting.  Candidates are not required to reside in the jurisdiction in which they are running.  Successful candidates will sit for a four year term which expires in the fall of 2017.

Potential candidates in the Regional District elections should contact the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Election Officer in order to book an appointment prior to the deadline to ensure their nomination papers are complete.  Appointments can be booked by calling 250-763-4918 and asking for the election officials.

Candidates for Zone 1 School Trustee may also pick up and file nomination papers at the District of Lake Country election office, while those in Zone 2 may do the same at the District of Peachland election office.  A nomination deposit of $100 is required for School Trustee candidates.

In addition, qualified voters expecting to be absent from the jurisdiction and unable to vote on either Advance voting days, November 5th and 12th, or on General Voting Day, Saturday, November 15th or electors who may not be able to vote due to physical challenges, illness or injury, are eligible to vote by mail ballot and must allow enough time to receive and return their ballot.

In order to vote by mail, resident and non-resident electors must be a Canadian Citizen, 18 years of age as of the date they vote, have resided in BC for six months immediately before registering to vote and have lived in the Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West Electoral Area for 30 days immediately before registering to vote and they must not be otherwise disqualified from voting.

Electors who wish to vote by mail must complete and return the appropriate application forms before November 13th to the RDCO Elections Office at 1450 KLO Road; by email elections@cord.bc.ca; or by regular mail to the Regional District of Central Okanagan, 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4.  If you are a qualified elector and your application has been completed correctly, a ballot package will be mailed to you.  You must allow the appropriate amount of time to receive and return your ballot.  If time doesn’t permit mailing, you should arrange to pick up a package from the Chief Election Officer or have it couriered.

In order to be counted, those using the mail-in ballot option must ensure the completed ballot package is received by the Chief Election Officer no later than the close of regular polling at 8:00 pm on General Voting Day, Saturday, November 15th.

The Regional District website has links for more information regarding mail ballots and the application form along with other details on Who Can Vote, Where To Vote and When To Vote.  Just visit regionaldistrict.com/elections.