Electors in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will go to the polls this October to choose the government for their regions.
The regional district, a federation consisting of nine electoral areas and six municipalities, holds general local elections each year to elect directors for each of its electoral areas. The member municipalities of Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Princeton and Keremeos will appoint members of their councils to sit on the regional district board.
There are two categories of electors. Resident electors must be 18 years of age or older, Canadian citizens and have resided in British Columbia for at least six months prior to voting day. Those who live in an electoral area are considered resident electors. They are not required to own property.
Non-resident property electors must also be 18 years of age or older, be Canadian citizens and have lived in British Columbia for at least six months prior to election day. They must own property within the electoral area but do not live there.
A non-resident property elector may vote on behalf of one property only and must complete the Non-Resident Property Elector Declaration. If more than one person owns the property, only one owner may register, and that person must have the written consent of a majority of the other owners. Non-resident Property Elector Declaration and Non-Resident Property Elector Consent forms can be found online at rdosregionalconnections.ca.
A corporation may not vote on behalf of the property it owns, however, a person living at the property may be eligible to vote as a resident elector.
Voters may use mail ballots in the election.
To receive a mail ballot package, electors must submit a Mail Ballot Application and two pieces of identification to the regional district office. Non-resident property electors must also complete Non-Resident Property Elector Application and Non-Resident Property Elector Consent forms to accompany the mail ballot application.
Mail ballot packages will be processed after ballots are printed in mid-September.
The election will be held on Oct. 15.
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