Are you eligible to run for office?
A person may become a candidate in a local election as long as they have not been disqualified from seeking or holding elected office. A candidate for mayor and councillor must:
- Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day
- Be a Canadian citizen
- Have been a resident of B.C for at least six months prior to filing nomination documents
- Not be 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
Who May Nominate
Each candidate must be nominated by at least two eligible electors from the election area where the candidate is seeking to be elected. A nominator must be eligible to vote in the District of North Cowichan as a resident elector or as a non-resident property elector in order to nominate a candidate for office.
Nomination Period & Declaring Candidates
The nomination period starts on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 9:00 am and ends Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4:00 pm. The nomination period is the only time during the election process when the Chief Election Officer can accept nomination documents from people who want to run for elected office.
A nominee officially becomes a candidate when they have submitted all the required information in the nomination package and have been declared a candidate by the Chief Election Officer on Friday, September 9, 2022 after 4:00 pm.
Nomination packages will be available to pick up at North Cowichan Municipal Hall during regular business hours two to four weeks [the exact dates will be added once known] before the nomination period begins and will remain available until the nomination period ends. Nomination documents must be submitted by hand to the Chief Election Officer or the Deputy Chief Election Officer. We cannot accept faxed, scanned, emailed or photocopied documents.
Challenging a Nomination
Nomination documents that are submitted by nominees are available for public inspection at North Cowichan Municipal Hall during regular office hours from the time they have been submitted until 30 days after the election results have been declared. They will also be available for public inspection by way of the municipal website, though some personal information may be redacted.
An eligible elector, another nominee for office or the local Chief Election Officer can challenge a prospective candidate’s nomination if they believe the nomination documents are incorrect or the person is not otherwise eligible to be nominated for office. Nomination challenges must be made through an application to the Provincial Court. The application must briefly set out the facts upon which the challenge is based and be supported by an affidavit signed by the challenger.
Election Signage Regulations
Political signs for candidates can be placed within the District of North Cowichan without a permit. The political signs must be removed within seven (7) days after general voting day, or they will be removed by a bylaw enforcement officer and stored at municipal hall for a further seven (7) days. If the political signs are not claimed by the seventh (7th) day after general voting day they will become the property of the District of North Cowichan and may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of without notice to any person.
The placing of election signs on highway rights-of-way is regulated by the Province of BC. Follow the hyperlink below for more information:
Campaign Financing Disclosure
Elections BC administers campaign financing, election advertising and elector organization registration rules. The Local Elections Campaign Financing Act establishes these rules.
Campaign financing disclosure rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act create accountability and transparency around campaign contributions received and election expenses incurred during general local elections, by-elections and assent voting events. Follow the hyperlink below to learn more about Elections BC and their role during general local elections:
|If you have questions about…||Contact…|
|Voting and ballots||Chief Election Officer|
|Nomination process||Chief Election Officer|
|Advertising rules||Elections BC|
|Campaign financing and disclosure rules||Elections BC|
|Registration of elector organizations||Elections BC|
|School trustees/school board elections||Ministry of Education|
|Legislation for local elections||Ministry of Municipal Affairs|
For more information about local campaign financing and election advertising rules, read the Local Elections FAQs.
You can also contact the Electoral Finance team at Elections BC:
Phone: 1-800-661-8683 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST)
North Cowichan Election Contact Information
Michelle Martineau, Chief Election Officer
Tricia Mayea, Deputy Chief Election Officer