Local Government Elections

Declaration of Official Results 2014 General Local Elections

Declaration of Official Results - Councillor

Declaration of Official Results - Mayor

Final Results - Councillor

Final Results - Mayor

Local Government Elections

Note: Candidate Michael Turner’s request to withdraw from the election has been denied by the Minister as there is no way to remove his name from the ballot due to the timing of the election. Mr. Turner confirmed with the Chief Election Officer that he remains committed to withdrawing from the election and asks electors not to vote for him.

The Chief Election Officer as appointed by District of Sechelt Council is responsible for conducting local government elections. In British Columbia, the Community Charter sets out that municipal elections for Mayor and Councillors will be held every four years on the third Saturday in October following the November 2014 election.

In advance of election day, the Chief Election Officer advertises in the local newspaper, calling for nominations (Notice of Nomination), naming the candidates that are running and outlining how qualified citizens may vote.

When is the Next Election?

In 2018, the electors of the District of Sechelt will elect:

  • one (1) Mayor;
  • six (6) Councillors; and
  • two (2) School Trustees.

The District of Sechelt elections are conducted using automated vote tabulating machines. This ensures that all election results are obtained without delay after the close of voting on voting day. 

What's New for 2014?

The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act was brought into force on May 29, 2014. Candidates running for local elections must now comply with the Local Government Act and Local Elections Campaign Financing Act rules.  

The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act increases elections accountability, transparency, compliance and enforcement.

General local elections will be held on the third Saturday in October every four years following the November, 2014 election. 

Local governments and Elections BC now share responsibility for local elections. Local governments continue to administer elections and: set voting opportunity dates, times and places; accept nomination documents and nomination deposits; count ballots; announce election results; and, break election ties.

Elections BC now administers, investigates and enforces the campaign financing disclosure and election advertising rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act

Elections BC is a non-partisan independent Office of the Legislature that administers the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Do I qualify to vote?

You may vote in the civic election in the District of Sechelt as a Resident Elector if you:

  • are 18 years or older on election day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in BC for at least 6 months before election day;
  • have lived in the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days before election day; and
  • are not disqualified from voting for any other reason.  

All District of Sechelt residents who meet these requirements can vote. It doesn’t matter whether you rent or own your home.  If your name is not on the List of Registered Electors you will be required to fill in the Application for Registration as a Local Government Registered Elector and bring it to the Voting Place with appropriate identification.

Non-Resident Property Elector

If you own property in the District of Sechelt and somewhere else in B.C., you can also vote in the District of Sechelt election as a Non-Resident Property Elector if you:
  • are 18 years of age or older on election day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in BC for at least 6 months before election day;
  • are the registered owner of real property in the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days before election day; and
  • have not been disqualified from voting for any other reason.  

Non-resident property electors can vote only once, regardless of the number of properties you own. If there is more than one registered owner of your property, only one of you may, with the written consent of the majority of the other owners, register as a non-resident property elector.  If your name is not on the Non-Resident Property Electors List you will be required to fill in the Non-Resident Property Elector form and the Consent form and bring them to the Voting Place with proof of ownership.

Landed immigrants who are not yet Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote in local government elections. 

What if I am in hospital that day?

Special voting opportunities will be available. Voters must be either residents or patients admitted into the Hospital, or facility staff, who are eligible Sechelt voters.  

Can I vote before general voting day?

Yes.  Advance Voting Opportunities will be available.

Can I vote by mail?

Electors may vote by mail if they:

(a) have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; OR

(b) expect to be absent from Sechelt on election day and at the Advance Voting Opportunities.

Who is eligible to vote by mail?

You are allowed to vote if you are registered as:

(a)   a resident elector (you live in the District of Sechelt) OR

<(b)   a non-resident property elector (you live elsewhere in BC but you own property in the District of Sechelt)

You must meet all of the following requirements to vote:

1.  are 18 years of age or older on election day;

2.  are a Canadian citizen;

3.  have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before you register to vote.

4.  You must have

 (a) been a resident of the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote 

      (for resident electors),  OR

 (b) owned land in the District of Sechelt for at least 30 days immediately before you register to vote 

      (for non-resident property electors).

5.  You must not have been disqualified by law from voting. 

How do I register to vote by mail?

You must register on the District of Sechelt Lists of Electors. If you are not already on the Lists, application forms will be included in your mail ballot package.