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2018 General Local Election - Notice of Nomination

by Kevin Henkelman |

The City of Coquitlam 2018 General Local Election will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Notice of Nomination

Public Notice is hereby given to the electors of the City of Coquitlam that nominations for the offices of:

Mayor – one (1) to be elected
Councillor – eight (8) to be elected
School Trustee – four (4) to be elected

will be received by the Chief Election Officer or designate at the City of Coquitlam Election Office, City Hall, 2nd Floor, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam between 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and 4:00 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2018.

Please note – nomination documents will not be accepted before 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 or after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Nomination papers can be delivered:

  • By hand, mail or delivery service to Coquitlam City Hall, Election Office, 3000 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7N2
  • By fax* to 604-927-3015
  • By e-mail* to lhewson@coquitlam.ca 

Candidates must make a solemn declaration on the documents. The declaration can be taken by a lawyer, notary or Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for British Columbia, but is most commonly taken by the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer at the time the nomination papers are filed. 

*Emailed or faxed nomination papers must include the completed solemn declaration and the fax or email must be received by the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018.  Then the originals of the faxed or emailed documents must then be received by the Chief Election Officer or Deputy Chief Election Officer by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 in order for the nomination to be considered valid.

Nomination packages are now available for pick-up at the Election Office during normal business hours Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays and weekends.  The packages are also available in electronic format (via email) upon request.

Qualifications for Office

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

  • Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day;
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and,
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Elector Qualifications

To qualify as a Resident Elector, a person must meet all of the following requirements at the time of voting:

  • 18 years of age or older on or before General Voting Day; 
  • a Canadian citizen; 
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; 
  • a resident of the City of Coquitlam for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and,
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

To qualify as a Non-Resident Property Elector, a person must meet all of the following requirements on the day of registration:

  • 18 years of age or older on or before General Voting Day;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; 
  • a registered owner of real property in the City of Coquitlam for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration;
  • not holding the property in trust for a corporation or any other trust;
  • not entitled to register as a resident elector in Coquitlam;
  • not registered as a non-resident property elector in relation to any other parcel of real property in Coquitlam;
  • have received the written consent of the majority of individuals registered as owners of the real property (if applicable); and,
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Non-resident property electors are encouraged to contact the Election Office prior to General Voting Day for further information and instructions on how to register.

Voter Registration

The List of Registered Electors for the City of Coquitlam has been produced on the basis of the most recent Provincial Voters’ List.  If you have recently moved, or are not on the Provincial Voters’ List, you may register at the time of voting if qualified.  Please note, if you are registering at the time of voting you will be required to produce two pieces of acceptable identification to prove your residency and identity (at least one of which must show your signature).

List of Registered Electors

Beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2018 until the close of voting on Saturday, October 20, 2018 a copy of the List of Registered Electors will, upon signature, be available for public inspection at the City of Coquitlam Election Office at Coquitlam City Hall during regular office hours, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. If for any reason, an elector wishes to have his/her address omitted or obscured from the List of Registered Electors, they should inform the Election Office, in person by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Objection to Registration of an Elector

An objection to the registration of a person whose name appears on the List of Registered Electors may be made, in accordance with section 64 of the Local Government Act, until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018.  An objection must be in writing and may only be made by a person entitled to be registered as an elector of the City of Coquitlam and on the basis that the person whose name appears has died or is not qualified to be registered as an elector of the City of Coquitlam. 

Campaign Period Expense Limits

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2018 general local election, the following expense limits for candidates during the campaign period (September 22, 2018 to October 20, 2018) apply:

Mayor - $89,336.40
Councillor – $45,343.20
School Trustee - $42,033.24

Third-Party Advertising Limits

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2018 general local elections, the following third party advertising limits apply:

Mayor and Council - $4,466.82
School Trustee - $2,101.66

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Further Information

For further information on the nomination process, please contact:

City of Coquitlam Election Office at 604-927-3025
Email: electioninfo@coquitlam.ca 
Website: coquitlam.ca/elections

For further information on campaign period expense limits and third party advertising limits, please contact Elections BC:

Toll-free phone: 1-855-952-0280
Email: lecf@elections.bc.ca
Website: www.elections.bc.ca/lecf

Lauren Hewson
Chief Election Officer

 

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