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Candidate nominations open for Area C byelection

Nominations have opened for candidates in a byelection being held next month in Area C of the Peace River Regional District. The byelection being is held Saturday, Feb.
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The Peace River Regional District board office in Dawson Creek.

Update, 6:14 p.m.:

Former PRRD board chair Brad Sperling is the first candidate to file his nomination papers for next month’s byelection in Area C of the regional district.

The byelection is being held Feb. 25, after the B.C. Supreme Court tossed the results from October's general election when it was discovered during a recount that voters outside the electoral area were issued ballots despite being ineligible to vote.

Final results of the Oct. 15 election showed winner Suzanne Haab with just a three-vote edge over the incumbent 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. 

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

Area C includes the communities of Charlie Lake, Old Fort, Baldonnel, Grandhaven, Clairmont, and Two Rivers. Haab has previously stated she plans to re-enter the race.

This will not be a run-off election between the two candidates from October's ballot, but a full byelection, which means new candidates could also put their names forward, if they wish.

“The Peace River Regional District continues its commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that elections are conducted in accordance with legislated procedures," the regional district said in a news release Tuesday.

Prospective candidates must file all required nomination documents to Chief Election Officer Janet Prestley by 4 p.m. on Jan. 20.

To learn more, visit the PRRD's website.

— with files from Dave Lueneberg


Original story, 9:40 a.m.

Nominations have opened for candidates in a byelection being held next month in Area C of the Peace River Regional District.

The byelection being is held Saturday, Feb. 25, and the PRRD says prospective candidates must file all required documents to Chief Election Officer Janet Prestley by 4 p.m. on Jan. 20.

“The by-election follows a BC Supreme Court decision that ruled the October 15, 2022 vote invalid and the position vacant, due to issuance of ballots to electors outside of Electoral Area C discovered during a recount,” the regional district said in a news release Tuesday.

“The Peace River Regional District continues its commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that elections are conducted in accordance with legislated procedures.”

Final results of the October general election showed Suzanne Haab with just a three-vote edge over incumbent Brad Sperling, 234-231.

Following a confirmation count, however, the concern with the narrow margin is the actual number of ineligible votes cast may have impacted the margin, and to what degree. 

Both have said they plan to re-enter the race.

Area C includes the communities of Charlie Lake, Old Fort, Baldonnel, Grandhaven, Clairmont, and Two Rivers.

Nomination packages can picked up at regional district offices in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek during regular business hours, or by emailing jprestley@telus.net or tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca.

Candidates will be declared on Jan. 20.

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