Information for candidates
Thinking about running in the 2022 General Local Election? This Province of BC web site provides helpful information and videos.
Important dates for candidates
Nomination packages available – pick up from municipal office
August 30 (9am)
Nomination period begins
September 9 (4pm)
Nomination period ends and candidates are declared
September 19 (9am)
Declaration of election by voting
September 19, 1pm
Candidate Information Session (after declaration of election)
To be eligible to run for local government office in a general local election or a by-election, a person must meet certain eligibility requirements. They do not have to live or own property in the local government where they are running for office.
To be eligible to run for office, a person must:
- Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day
- Be a Canadian citizen
- Have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before filing nomination documents
- Not be disqualified under 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, or be otherwise disqualified by law
A person is ineligible to run for office in a general local election or by-election if they:
- Have been convicted of and sentenced for an indictable offence and are in custody
- Have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or vote-buying, and are prohibited from holding office
- Are judges of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal
- Are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric facility or other institution
- Have been disqualified for specified reasons such as failing to:
- File a candidate disclosure statement in a previous election
- Make an oath of office
- Attend local government meetings in the manner and frequency required by the Community Charter
- Been disqualified under 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 the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law
For more information on eligibility, visit the Province's website.
List of Registered Electors
Beginning August 30, 2022 until the close of general voting for the election on October 15, 2022, a copy of the list of registered electors will be available for public inspection, at the District of Sechelt office at Second Floor, 5797 Cowrie Street, District of Sechelt during regular office hours. Before inspecting the list, a person must sign a statement that they will not inspect the list or use the information included in the list except for the purposes of Part 3 – Electors and Elections of the Local Government Act. An elector may request that their address or other information about them be omitted from or obscured on the list of electors.
Each candidate or their official agent may appoint one scrutineer for each ballot box used at a voting place during general local elections. Scrutineers play a role to help protect the integrity of the vote for their community and the candidate they represent. Scrutineers represent candidates at advance, special and general voting opportunities to:
- observe the voting procedures; and,
- scrutinize the ballot-counting process after the close of voting at the end of general voting day.
Candidates can choose whom to appoint as a scrutineer. For example, a candidate may appoint a relative or friend to scrutineer for them during local elections. A candidate’s official agent may also act as a scrutineer on voting day. More information is available the Province's Scrutineer's Guide.
Chief Election Officer
Deputy Chief Election Officer