Prospective/General Candidate Information

Prospective Candidate Information

Local Government Elections are held every four years, the next general election will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  In Keremeos, we elect one (1) Mayor and four (4) Councillors.

 

Interested in running for Council?  Some of the ways you can prepare are:

  • Attend Council meetings to learn about priority issues/projects and observe what being on a council might be like;
  • Look at the Village of Keremeos’ key planning documents and reports (available online by clicking here);
  • Get to know key groups in the community to understand the diversity of interests in our area;
  • Research the internet for information about local government and basic facts about the local government system in BC;
  • Read the election resource materials and watch the videos contained below to learn about the roles and responsibilities of local elected officials.

 

Prospective Candidate Resources

Local Government Election Resource Materials

Thinking About Running for Local Office

General Local Elections in BC 101

Local Elections in British Columbia 2018 – What Every Candidate Needs to Know

Foundational Principles of Responsible Conduct for BC’s Local Governments

Candidate’s Guide to Local Elections 2018

Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC

 

Local Government Videos

Characteristics of Effective Locally Elected Officials

What is Local Government?

Testing Your Readiness for Local Office

Local Government Decision Making

Roles and Responsibilities of Locally Elected Officials

 

Nomination documents will be available for pick up at the Village Office by Friday, July 27, 2018.  Papers must be filed with the Chief Election Officer at the Village Office between Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM and Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM.  For more information on running for office visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governance-powers/general-local-elections or https://elections.bc.ca/political-participants   and visit the “Local-elections-campaign-financing” pages. First time candidates are encouraged to meet with the Chief Election Officer. Call the Village office at 250-499-2711 to arrange.

 

General Candidate Information

Qualifications for Office

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • Not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

You do not have to reside in the jurisdiction in which you are running for public office.

 

Council Remuneration

In 2017, the Mayor’s remuneration was $10,841.22 per year, and the Councillors’ remuneration was $6810.19 per year.

 

Nomination Information

To run as a candidate for any local government office, you must be nominated by two people who are eligible electors – either as resident or non-resident property electors – within the Village of Keremeos.

VoK 2018 Candidate Nomination Package

Candidate Nomination Packages will be available for pickup at the Village Office, 702 4th Street, Keremeos, after July 27, 2018.

 

It is each candidate’s responsibility to ensure all nomination documents are submitted on time and are accurate and complete.

 

As candidates file nomination forms, the documents will be posted to the Village website.  At the end of the nomination period, the Chief Election Officer will officially declare the candidates for the local government election on October, 20, 2018.

 

Challenges

Once your documents have been filed at the Village Office, any member of the public may ask to see your nomination documents.

 

If an elector in the Village, another nominee, or the Chief Election Officer feels something in your nomination documents is incorrect (e.g. having resided in the Province for less than the required six months prior to the election), then your nomination may be challenged through an application to the Provincial Court.

 

This application must be made within four (4) days after the close of the nomination period.  The Court will rule on the challenge within 72 hours of the end of the period for commencing a challenge.

 

A person challenging a candidate’s nomination must notify the candidate within 24 hours of making application to the Court.  The notice must set out the facts on which the challenge is based.

 

Financial Agents

Every candidate must have a Financial Agent.  A candidate can be their own Financial Agent or appoint someone as their Financial Agent.

 

Election Campaign Account

It is a campaign financing offense not to open an election campaign account.  All campaign contributions must be deposited into your election campaign account and every election expense must be paid from the same account.

 

Election Advertising

All your advertising (e.g. signs, posters, internet advertising, fliers, brochures and pamphlets) transmitted during election proceedings period September 22, 2018 to October 20, 2018 must include information about who sponsored and authorized the ad.

 

Local Election Campaign Financing Act

The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) will impact the manner in which candidates record and report their election expenses.  It will also create new reporting requirements for sponsors of election advertising, and give increased powers to Elections BC to monitor and enforce the regulations that surround local government elections in BC.

 

Campaign Financing Disclosures for candidates in the 2018 General Local Election will be available on the Elections BC website.  Please contact Elections BC for further information on Campaign Financing and the LECFA Legislation at 1-800-661-8683 or at electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca.