Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs and answers will be published here on an ongoing basis. We encourage candidates to check this page regularly.
Any questions regarding the 2022 General Local Election can be directed to the Chief Election Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Are the names and – especially – the addresses and phone numbers of residents who nominate candidates made public?
Yes, the BC Elections form C2-Nomination Documents is available for public inspection.
The Candidate documents that are available for public inspections will be added to our website throughout the nomination period. We will be announcing candidates on September 9, 2022, shortly after 4:00pm.
2. Where can I find information on past election results?
Information from the 2014 & 2018 General Elections & the 2019 By-election can be located on our election results page.
3. How many nominators do I need to run for office?
Each candidate requires two North Saanich electors to nominate them for either a councillor or Mayor position.
4. What information can assist with opening a campaign bank account?
Information on campaign financing is located on the campaign financing page.
5. Where can I find information on the upcoming Candidate Information Session?
Information on the September 8, 2022 Candidate Information Session can be found in the Candidate Information Session handout.
6. Can a candidate appear on the ballot with only a given name listed and no surname?
Yes. Section 87(1)(b) of the Local Government Act states: (b) the usual name of the person nominated, if the full name of the person is different from the name the person usually uses and the person wishes to have his or her usual name on the ballot instead.
7. At what time must a scrutineer be appointed?
A scrutineer can be assigned at any time upon completion and submission of Form C-6, also available in paper format at the Municipal Hall.
8. What are the restrictions around signage that candidates should be aware of?
All candidate signage and advertising must adhere to the District’s sign bylaw and the campaign financing regulations administered by Elections BC. More information on Elections BC rules and regulations can be found on the elections bc website.
9. Would you please let me know if North Saanich is hosting a meet and greet with the candidates?
The District of North Saanich must remain impartial during the Election process and therefore does not organize All Candidate events; however, the district along with SD63, have organized a total of 4 candidate information sessions since June (2 for SD63 and 2 for the District in July and September).
10. Can a person living on a boat vote?
If they meet the residency qualifications by proving residency – 6 months in BC, they can vote.
11. Can a completed mail-in ballot package be dropped off in person at Municipal Hall?
Yes. A completed mail-in ballot package can be hand delivered to Municipal Hall and does not have to be returned by mail to be accepted. Completed mail-in ballot packages must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15.
12. Did any North Saanich candidates submit papers with Elector Organizations?
13. How will results be posted on Election night? Can candidates see the results live as they are tallied? Can we see School Trustee results as they are available?
Candidate and Scrutineers are allowed in the Voting Place while the Election Results are tallied. The Chief Election Officer will announce the results verbally to all present and then upload the results to Civic Info. The media outlets will watch Civic Info generally and report out from that resource. The unofficial results declaration will be signed and posted to our website along with the actual results. The North Saanich Chief Election Officer has been authorized to upload the School District 63 Trustee election results to Civic Info by the School District 63 Chief Election Officer.
14. Is it still possible to appoint a Scrutineer?
Yes, You will need to complete Form C-6 and return it to the Chief Election Officer.
Upon arrival at the voting place, a scrutineer will need to report to special services to ensure their name is on the list and will be required to complete a declaration. A candidate may have one scrutineer per ballot machine within the voting place. We will have one ballot machine for advance voting opportunities and two for general voting day on October 15.
15. Where can I find information on the candidates?
16. What are the restrictions on signage around the voting place on voting days?
Information and graphic can be found on our Elections Signs Regulations webpage.
Pursuant to Section 163 of the Local Government Act, a person must not canvass or solicit votes or display or post election advertising within 100 metres of a building where voting proceedings are being conducted at the time.