A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:
18 years of age or older on general voting day for the election or assent voting; and
a Canadian citizen; and
a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day of registration; and
a resident of the Regional District of Nanaimo for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or assent voting and not otherwise disqualified by law.
A person is specifically disqualified as a candidate for office if they fall within any of the following categories:
are a Judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal; or
are an employee or salaried officer of the local government [unless a leave of absence is taken to run for office and agrees to resign if elected]; including if you are running as a regional district electoral area director when employed by a municipality which is a member of that regional district; or
are under sentence for an indictable offence and are in custody or in prison; or
are disqualified from candidacy under any law or enactment (ie failure to file a candidate disclosure statement in the previous election, not making an oath of office, etc.)
Candidates may file nomination papers with the Chief Election Officer at the RDN Administration Office during the Nomination Period, beginning 9:00 am Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and ending at 4:00 pm Friday, September 14, 2018. Those persons unable to deliver nominations in person may swear the documents before a commissioner for taking affidavits in BC and mail, deliver or fax documents to the attention of the Chief Election Officer (CEO) by the deadline; however, if sent by facsimile, the CEO must receive the originals by 4:30 pm on Friday, September 21, 2018. From the time of receipt, the nomination documents are available to the public for inspection at the RDN Administration Office and on the website.
For additional information please see Resources and FAQS.
Thank you to those interested candidates for attending our July 23, 2018 Candidate Information Session. The presentation shared at the session is a great resource document to learn more about the RDN, click here for a copy.