Running for Office

Candidates:

The Chief Election Officer will be receiving nominations to fill one vacant seat on the Town of Comox Municipal Council for a one-year period until the next general election in October 2022. Nomination packages are now available and can be obtained by calling Town Hall at 250 339-2202 during regular office hours or by emailing town@comox.ca. Nomination packages may also be downloaded directly from HERE.

The Nomination Period, during which nominations will be received, is as follows:

Between 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12 and 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2021.

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer before the nomination deadline to ensure that documents are complete before they are submitted.

Qualifications to Run for Local Government Office:

To qualify as a candidate for local government office, a person must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older on or before general voting day (Saturday, November 27, 2021);
  • Must be a Canadian citizen;
  • Must have been a resident of BC for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • Must not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Campaign Contribution and Expense Limits:

Campaign contribution and expense limits apply in local government elections. To make a campaign contribution to a candidate or elector organization, you must be a resident of B.C. and a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Contributions from corporations, organizations and unions are prohibited. There are also limits on campaign contributions. See Election BC’s Making a Campaign Contribution page for details.

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, for the 2021 Municipal By-election, the following limits apply for candidates:

Contribution Limit, per individual: $1,239.18

Expense Limit: $7,212.50

For more information, contact:

Local Elections Campaign Financing
Elections BC
1-800-661-8683
electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca

Nomination Process:

The nomination period begins at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, and ends on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Nomination packages can be downloaded at the following link: http://comox.ca/local-elections.

Nominations will be received by the Chief Election Officer between 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2021, and 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2021. Nominations will not be accepted after 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2021.

Note: Only 2 nominators are required for Form C2.

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer before the nomination deadline to ensure that documents are complete before they are submitted. Those unable to deliver nominations in person may mail them or otherwise have them delivered to Town Hall, 1809 Beaufort Avenue, Comox during regular office hours or emailed to the Chief Election Officer before the deadline on October 22, 2021.

Please note: If you are dropping off your nominations in person, DO NOT sign your declaration (page 3 of Form C2) unless you are able to have it witnessed by a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for BC.

If sent by email, ensure you have your declaration (page 3 of Form C2) witnessed by a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits for BC and ensure the original documents are submitted by Friday, October 29, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Election Signs:

Election Signs are only permitted in the Town of Comox during the period beginning 30 days prior to the date of general voting (beginning October 28, 2021) and must be removed no later than seven (7) days following the date of general voting (December 4, 2021) as outlined in the Town of Comox Sign Bylaw No. 1197, 1995. Note that election signs are ONLY permitted on boulevards fronting private property.

Election Guides:

Candidates Guide to Local Elections
Elector Organization Guide to Local Government Elections in BC
Guide for Local Elections Third Party Sponsors in B.C.

Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC for Candidates and their Financial Agents
Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C. for Elector Organizations and their Financial Agents

Guide for Candidates for an election administered during a pandemic
How to Campaign Safely During COVID 19

Election Legislation:

Local Government Act
Local Elections Campaign Financing Act
Financial Disclosure Act
Financial Disclosure Act Reg. 32 2001

For further information, please contact:

Shelly Russwurm, Chief Election Officer
Lia Pesklevits, Deputy Chief Election Officer
Phone: 250 339-2202
Email: elections@comox.ca