Election & Voting Notices

Notice: Declaration of Election by Voting

Notice of Advance Voting, Area C By-Election

Area C By-Election, Declaration of Candidates

The Chief Election Officer for the Peace River Regional District has declared the following persons as candidates in the 2023 Area C By-Election:

  • Brad Sperling
  • Suzanne Haab

The by-election will take place on February 25, with advance voting opportunities on February 15 and 22. To view more information, including candidate information and voting stations, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

 

 

Candidate announcement: Suzanne Haab, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Suzanne Haab, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’ in the by-election on February 25, 2023. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the the Area C By-Election is open until January 20, 2023 at 4pm. Nomination packages can be downloaded, picked up at the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John during regular business hours, or requested via email to the Chief Election Officer.

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.

For more information about the upcoming by-election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Brad Sperling, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Brad Sperling, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’ in the by-election on February 25, 2023. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the the Area C By-Election is open until January 20, 2023 at 4pm. Nomination packages can be downloaded, picked up at the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John during regular business hours, or requested via email to the Chief Election Officer.

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.

For more information about the upcoming by-election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Nomination period opens for Electoral Area C Director

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.

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Courts Declare Area C Election Invalid

The Peace River Regional District petition to the BC Supreme Court regarding the validity of the Electoral Area C Election was heard on November 22, 2022. The Court declared the election invalid due to issuance of ballots to electors from outside of Electoral Area C who were ineligible to vote, and has directed that the Area C Director position is vacant.

The PRRD will hold a by-election, as soon as possible, to fill the Area C Director position.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is committed to upholding public trust in the democratic process and ensuring that elections are conducted in accordance with legislated procedures. We apologize to the candidates and voters who participated in the Electoral Area C election.

Area C Election Invalidated

Assent vote results

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has completed counting the ballots for all five assent voting opportunities included in the 2022 General Election. The final results are as follows:

Service Function Yes No Passed
Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid 2776 1752 Yes
Fort St. John Public Library Financial Contribution 180 177 Yes
Global Geopark Grant in Aid 2728 1752 Yes
Regional Connectivity 3088 1389 Yes

Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid

3210 1284 Yes

The PRRD thanks all voters, candidates, and Election Officials across the Peace region who participated in the 2022 election. For more information about the assent votes, visit prrd.bc.ca or call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

Electoral Area B election results

Following a review of the preliminary election results declared on October 15, 2022, the election results for Electoral Area B are:

Candidate Votes
Jeff Kitt 156
Jordan Kealy 243

The final vote count has changed slightly from the preliminary count after the reconciliation of ballots and careful review of voting books. The final result remains the same, with Jordan Kealy as the elected candidate for Electoral Area B. The Peace River Regional District thanks all residents who voted and participated in the Electoral Area B 2022 election, and for your patience as our staff worked to review ballots and voting materials.

Electoral Area C election results

Following a recount of the preliminary election results declared on October 15, 2022, the election results for Electoral Area C are:

Candidate

Votes
Suzanne Haab 234
Brad Sperling 231

After careful review of election records, the Chief Elections Officer has determined that it is necessary to submit an application to challenge the validity of the election due to evidence of persons voting when not entitled to vote in Electoral Area C. Elections documentation indicates that a small number of electors from outside of Area C voted in the election by mistake. There is no evidence to indicate this was done purposefully to undermine the validity of the election. However, due to the closeness of the election results, the small number of ineligible ballots may have determined the overall election result and the validity of the election must be challenged.

Upon review of this application, the Supreme Court will decide whether a new election must be held in Area C only. This application will not challenge the validity of the election in Area B or any of the five assent votes. Suzanne Haab will take office as Electoral Area Director for Area C until such time as the Supreme Court issues a decision.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is committed to upholding public trust in the democratic process and ensuring that proper elections protocols are followed. We apologize to the candidates and voters who participated in this election and look forward to implementing a fair resolution as decided by the Supreme Court. As this matter is before the Court, the PRRD will not be commenting further until after the Court has made its ruling.

Preliminary Voting Results – October 15, 2022

The polls closed at 8:00 pm today – thank you to everyone who came out to vote in the General Local Election for the Peace River Regional District.

Preliminary Results are as follows:

Electoral Area B Director – Candidates: Jordan Kealy and Jeff Kitt

Candidate Votes
Jordan Kealy 243
Jeff Kitt 153

Electoral Area C Director – Candidates: Suzanne Haab and Brad Sperling

Candidate Votes
Suzanne Haab 232
Brad Sperling 233

Electoral Area D Director Leonard Hiebert was acclaimed. (Leonard Hiebert was the only candidate nominated in Electoral Area D)

Electoral Area E Director Dan Rose was acclaimed. (Dan Rose was the only candidate in Electoral Area E)

Assent Voting Results for the four region-wide assent voting opportunities; Global Geopark Grant in Aid, Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid, Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid, and Regional Connectivity Service, plus the assent voting opportunity in Electoral Area B only, for the Fort St. John Library Financial Contribution Service, will be reported not later than Wednesday.

General Voting Day

October 15, 2022 is general voting day and the last opportunity for eligible electors across the Peace region to vote on 5 different assent votes and Electoral Area candidates for Areas B and C. Voting locations and hours of operation are available on the PRRD website in both a written and interactive map format. Candidate elections are being held only in Area B and Area C, and a list of the candidates and their submitted biographies is also available on the PRRD website. Electors in Areas E and D may still vote on the proposed assent bylaws.

All electors across the region will be eligible to participate in four assent vote opportunities, including if they live inside the municipalities of Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Taylor, Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s Hope, and Fort. St. John. Electors residing in Area B will also be asked to vote on the establishment of a financial contribution service for the Fort St. John Public Library. More information about all five of these assent voting opportunities is available on the Peace River Regional District (PRRD)’s website.

For more information regarding regional assent voting opportunities, candidate elections, and general voting day locations, visit our website at www.prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote or call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

Advance voting opens

Electors across the Peace Region can cast their votes in advance of general voting day during advance voting opportunities held on both October 5 and 12th, 2022 at select locations across the region. The last opportunity to vote will be in-person on October 15, 2022, but voters who are unable to attend a voting place in-person can also still request a mail in ballot from the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) before October 14, 2022 at 4:30pm.

Voters across the region, including those within member municipalities, will be able to vote on four different proposed assent voting opportunities. These opportunities include grant-in-aid service functions for sport and cultural events, the global geopark, and a dinosaur museum, in addition to a regional connectivity service fund. Electors residing in Area B will also be asked to vote on the establishment of a financial contribution service for the Fort St. John Public Library.

Candidate elections are being held only in Area B and Area C. Incumbent candidates Dan Rose and Leonard Hiebert were elected via acclamation in Electoral Areas E and D, respectively. However, electors in Areas E and D can still vote on proposed assent bylaws.

For more information regarding assent voting opportunities, candidate elections, and advance voting opportunities, visit our website at www.prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote or call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

2022 General Election Declaration of Candidates

Candidate announcement: Jeff Kitt, Electoral Area B

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Jeff Kitt, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘B’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Michael Fitzgerald, Electoral Area B

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Michael Fitzgerald, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘B’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Suzanne Haab, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Suzanne Haab, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Jordan Kealy, Electoral Area B

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Jordan Kealy, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘B’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Dan Rose, Electoral Area E

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Dan Rose, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘E’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Brad Sperling, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Brad Sperling, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Leonard Hiebert, Electoral Area D

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Leonard Hiebert, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘D’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.