City Council appoints Janice MacKenzie as the Chief Election Officer for upcoming by-election

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Janice MacKenzieVancouver: On Wednesday night, Vancouver City Council appointed City Clerk Janice MacKenzie as the Chief Election Officer responsible for the upcoming by-election scheduled for Saturday, October 14.

This is in accordance with section 10(5) of the Vancouver Charter which requires that the general voting day be on a Saturday no later than 80 days after the date the Chief Election Officer is appointed.

The Chief Election Officer is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the election, in accordance with provincial legislation.

The by-election is being held to fill the vacant position on City Council following the resignation of a city councillor.

As well, since the Vancouver School Board seats are currently vacant, there is an opportunity to elect nine new Vancouver School Trustees in the same by-election.

However, the Province must inform us of its intent to hold a by-election for Vancouver School Trustees by August 4. We have not been notified by the Province at this time.

Key events and dates

Information packages for candidate available                       August 8, 2017

Candidate nomination period                                                   August 29 – September 8, 2017

Mail ballot packages available for voters                                September 26, 2017

Advance voting days at City Hall                                              October 4 and 10, 2017, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

General voting day                                                                      October 14, 2017, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Who can vote?

To vote in the City of Vancouver by-election, you must:

• Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day (October 14, 2017)

• Be a Canadian citizen

• Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before voting day

• Have lived in Vancouver for at least 30 days immediately before voting day (or have owned real property registered in your name in Vancouver for at least 30 days immediately before voting day)

• Not be disqualified by law from voting

You must meet all the above qualifications to be eligible to vote.

Permanent residents who have not yet become Canadian citizens are not permitted to vote.