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Advance voting continues for Area C by-election

Polls open until 8 p.m. tonight; general voting day takes place Saturday
Suzanne Haab (left) and Brad Sperling. (File photos)

The second and last advanced poll is open today for the Area C by-election being held for rural residents around Fort St. John.

The electoral area includes the communities of Charlie Lake, Old Fort, Baldonnel, Grandhaven, Clairmont, and Two Rivers, who will be voting on a director to represent them on the board of the Peace River Regional District.

The by-election is a do-over of October’s general election, the results of which were overturned by the B.C. Supreme Court when it was discovered voters outside the electoral area were given ballots despite being ineligible to vote.

Final results of the Oct. 15 election showed Suzanne Haab, a political newcomer, winning with just a three-vote edge over the incumbent Brad Sperling, 234 to 231.

The concern with the narrow margin was whether the actual number of ineligible votes cast impacted the margin, and to what degree.

As a result, Supreme Court ruled the results couldn't be validated, meaning the position of Area C director was vacant.

Haab and Sperling were the only two candidates tofile their nominations for this month's by-election.

Residents have until 8 p.m. today, Feb. 22, to cast an advanced ballot at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

General voting day takes place Saturday, Feb. 25, with poll stations at Charlie Lake and Baldonnel schools open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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