2018 Election

The next general local election is October 20, 2018.

Nanaimo voters will elect:

  • One mayor
  • Eight councillors
  • Nine school trustees for School District 68.

Requirements to vote

To vote in the election, you must either be a Resident Elector or Non-Resident Property Elector.

Resident Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote
  • Have lived in Nanaimo for at least 30 days before the day you vote
  • Not be disqualified by law from voting.

Non-Resident Property Electors

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote
  • Have owned property in the City of Nanaimo for at least 30 days
  • Not be disqualified by law from voting.
  • Have the written consent of the majority of the other property owner(s) to vote on their behalf.

Only one non-resident property elector per property may vote, regardless of how many people own the property; and, the owner must have the written consent of a majority of the other property owner(s) to vote on their behalf.

Property owned in whole or in part by a corporation does not qualify under the non-resident property elector provisions.

 

Working the Election

Recruitment for election positions will not begin until several months prior to the October 2018 election.  Opportunities will be posted here on our website.  Please check back regularly for updates.

 

Becoming a Candidate

To be eligible to run for local government office, a person must have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months before filing their nomination documents.  They do not have to live or own property in the City of Nanaimo.

In addition, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day
  • Be a Canadian Citzen
  • 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

A person is ineligible to run for office in a general local election if they:

  • Have been convicted of and sentenced for an indictable offence and are in custody
  • Have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or vote-buying, and are prohibited from holding office
  • Are judges of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal
  • Are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric facility or other institution
  • Have been disqualified for specified reasons such as failing to file a candidate disclosure statement in a previous election, failing to make an oath of office, or failing to attend local government meetings in the manner and frequency required by the Community Charter
  • Have been otherwise disqualified from being nominated for, elected to or holding office under the Local Government Act, Community Charter, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act or any other enactment or law

View the candidate guides and resources on the Province of BC website.

View Elections BC Local Election Candidate Guides.

Nomination packages for those interested in running for Mayor or Councillor will be available at 8:30 a.m. July 27, 2018 until 4:00 p.m. September 14, 2018.  Packages can be picked up from the Legislative Services Department, 455 Wallace Street, Nanaimo.  Elector Organization Endorsement packages will also be available during this time. 

Last updated: June 13, 2018

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