Rural residents around Fort St. John will return to the polls Feb. 25 for a byelection in electoral Area C.
The byelection is a do-over of October’s general election, the results of which were tossed after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled them invalid when it discovered voters outside the electoral area were given ballots despite being ineligible to vote.
Final results of the Oct. 15 election showed 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.
Area C includes the communities of Charlie Lake, Old Fort, Baldonnel, Grandhaven, Clairmont, and Two Rivers.
Haab and Sperling were the only two candidates to file their nominations.
The byelection takes place Feb. 25, with advance voting on Feb. 15 and 22.
For more info, visit the PRRD’s website.