After several months of being one councillor short after the resignation of Michael Wirischagin, the City of Grand Forks is preparing for a byelection. At the regular council meeting on March 14, council voted in favour of appointing Diane Heinrich as chief election officer and Sarah Winton as deputy election officer.
The date for the byelection is set for Saturday, May 28. The winning candidate will hold office until the end of the term.
The candidates guide from CSCD.gov.bc.ca states that anyone can run for office provided they have not been disqualified from seeking or holding elected office; are 18 years of age or older; a Canadian citizen; a resident of B.C. for a least six months prior to filing nomination documents; not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactments from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Prospective candidates must be nominated by at least two eligible electors from the local government where the person is seeking election.
The nomination period goes from Tuesday, April 12 at 9 a.m. until April 22 at 4 p.m. Advanced voting will go from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.
General voting day is Saturday, May 28 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.