Election 2018 – Regional district nomination forms ready Friday

Thinking about whether you would like to run for local government office in the upcoming 2018 general local elections?

For those considering running as an electoral area director for the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George or a Bear Lake Local Community Commissioner, nomination packages will be available starting July 27, on the RDFFG website, at the RDFFG office, Bear Lake Community Commission Office, District of Mackenzie office and the offices of the Villages of McBride and Valemount. The nomination period for candidates begins at 9 a.m. on September 4 and closes at 4 p.m. on September 14.

Residents of B.C. interested in running for local government office in the upcoming general local election must meet certain eligibility requirements to be nominated. They must also run and finance their campaign according to provincial legislation.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

• Canadian citizen;

• 18 years of age or older;

• resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and

• not disqualified by 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.

General voting day for the local general election is on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. Advance voting opportunities will be on

Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, 2018. Additional special voting opportunities may be announced and voting station locations will be confirmed closer to the date.

Local government elections in British Columbia currently happen every four years. This includes elections for regional district electoral area directors, municipal mayors and councillors, school trustees and local community commissioners.

For more information:

• Regional District of Fraser-Fort George website: http://www.rdffg.bc.ca/

• Provincial Government website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/local-governments/governance-powers/general-local-elections