The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is accepting nominations for Electoral Area C Director ahead of the by-election on Saturday, February 25, 2023. All prospective candidates must submit the required nomination documents to the Chief Election Officer, Janet Prestley, by 4pm on January 20, 2023.
A person is qualified to be nominated, elected and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:
- a Canadian citizen;
- 18 years of age or older on general voting day (Saturday, February 25, 2023);
- a resident of British Columbia for at least six (6) months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
- not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
All eligible residents who are thinking of running are encouraged to visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote to review important dates, candidate resources and to download the nomination package before the period closure. The nomination package is a comprehensive source of resources and information, and includes the required documentation to run in the by-election.
The by-election follows a BC Supreme Court decision that ruled the October 15, 2022 vote invalid and the position vacant, due to issuance of ballots to electors outside of Electoral Area C discovered during a recount. The Peace River Regional District continues its commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that elections are conducted in accordance with legislated procedures.
Candidates have the option of returning nomination documents to the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John; however, an appointment with the Chief Election Officer is required for Fort St. John submissions. To request an appointment, please contact the Chief Election Officer.
The PRRD will announce the Declaration of Candidates on January 20, 2023 to its website and social media channels.