2021 School Trustee By-Election

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A by-election is being held  to fill a vacancy for one school trustee on the Central Okanagan Board of Education for the remainder of the 2018-2022 term. General voting day is Saturday June 26, 2021 and advance voting opportunities will be on Wednesday June 16 and 23, 2021. 

Board of Education

The Central Okanagan Board of Education is made up of seven elected school trustees. This by-election will fill a vacancy for one of those positions. 

More information about the Board and the School District is available on their website

Resources for candidates

Pick-up a nomination package

Nomination packages can be picked up at the Office of the City Clerk  (2nd floor City Hall, 1435 Water Street) during regular office hours starting Friday, April 16, 2021.

The nomination period begins at 9 am Tuesday, May 11, 2021 and ends at 4 pm Friday, May 21, 2021. 

Qualifications needed to be a candidate

A candidate must be nominated by two (2) qualified nominators if running for School Trustee. 

A candidate must also:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day; and
  • Be a Canadian citizen; and
  • Have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to filing nomination documents; and
  • Not disqualified under the School Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office as a trustee, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

How to register as a candidate

  • The Office of the City Clerk will be accepting nominations beginning on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 9:00 am and during business hours at City Hall, up until 4:00 pm on Friday, May 21, 2021. Please call the Office of the City Clerk at 250-469-8645 to book an appointment to file your nomination papers.
  • Remember to bring along government issued identification and your refundable* $100.00 deposit. Are you camera ready? We will take a candidate photo (or you can provide your own) to post on the kelowna.ca/election page, along with your preferred contact information.   
  • Once your completed documents are accepted, you are considered a candidate for the election and your nomination documents are available to the public. 
  • You may withdraw your nomination up to Friday, May 28, 2021 at 4 pm.  After Friday, May 28, 2021 at 4 pm, any requests to withdraw as a candidate must be approved by the provincial government and, depending on the circumstances, may not be permitted.

*deposit refunded post-election upon submission to Elections BC of your campaign financing forms.

Key election dates for candidates

  • Candidate nomination packages available at City Hall: Friday, April 16, 2021 to Friday, May 21, 2021
  • Nomination period: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 to Friday, May 21, 2021
  • Deadline for challenge of nominations: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
  • Deadline to withdraw: Friday, May 28, 2021
  • Campaign period: Saturday, May 29, 2021 to Saturday, June 26, 2021
  • Advance voting days: Wednesday, June 16 & Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • General voting day: Saturday, June 26, 2021
  • Official results: no later than Wednesday, June 30, 2021 (unofficial results will be available following the close of voting and will be posted on kelowna.ca/election)
  • Campaign financing disclosure statement filing deadline: Friday, September 24, 2021 (late deadline Monday October 25, 2021 with $500 penalty)

Campaign financing guidelines

Elections BC is a key partner in general local elections for candidates, elector organizations and third-party advertisers, and will provide you with detailed information regarding:

  • campaign financing,
  • election advertising, and
  • compliance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Review the Guide to local elections campaign financing in BC for candidates and their financial agents document online. 

If you have financing or election advertising questions, contact Elections BC directly at 1-800-661-8683 or at electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca.  Staff at Elections BC are knowledgeable, available and committed to providing excellect service to all election participants.

Campaign expense limits

In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act the following expense limits apply to City of Kelowna candidates during the campaign period, May 29, 2021 to June 26, 2021: School Trustee - $40, 825.04

Voter information

Registration of all electors for this election takes place at the time of voting.

You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day; and
  • Canadian citizen; and
  • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day of registration; and
  • Resident of OR non-resident but a registered owner of real property in the City of Kelowna for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration; and
  • Not disqualified under the School Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or otherwise disqualified by law.

Resident electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.

Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, as well as proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property (title certificate) and, if there is more than one owner of the property, written consent to register from the majority of the property owners.

Advanced Voting Opportunities

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021, and
  • Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm Hollywood Road Educational Services, 1040 Hollywood Road South

General Voting Day

Saturday, June 26, 2021 between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm

  • Dr. Knox Middle School, 121 Drysdale Blvd
  • Kelowna Senior Secondary School, 1079 Raymer Ave
  • Okanagan Mission Secondary School, 4544 Gordon Drive
  • Rutland Senior Secondary School, 705 Rutland Rd N

Mail Ballot Voting Opportunities

Information to come

By-election candidates

Information to come

Working in the by-election

We are seeking various Election Officials to help with voting for the upcoming School Trustee By-Election on June 26, 2021 with advance voting on June 16 and 23, 2021. Applicants must be able to work at least one of these days and attend virtual training ahead of time.

The Presiding Election Official (PEO) manages the voting location including staff and is responsible for the integrity of the voting machines and ballots. The PEO will report to the Chief Election Officer and prepare the ballot account summary.

The Alternate Presiding Election Official (APEO) will support various election officials, register non-resident property electors and look after ballot accounting. The APEO will also monitor voting booth lines, directing voters as needed and provide information on how to use the voting machines.

The Election Official assists with setting up the voting location and tidying up at the end of the day. The Election Official registers resident electors and distributes ballots.

All election officials will be required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols and ensure safe voting procedures

Note: As a condition of working any local government election, pursuant to the Local Government Act, all election workers are required to make a solemn declaration that they will faithfully and impartially fulfill their duties, and that they are not personally connected with any candidate in the election.

Apply online for this opportunity at kelowna.ca/careers by May 11, 2021.

COVID-19 safety measures

We are committed to delivering a safe and physically distanced by-election during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following Public Health, Elections BC and WorkSafeBC directives, the City’s COVID-19 safety plan for each voting place ensures the by-election will be safe for voters, candidates and election staff.

All voting places will have protective measures in place including:

  • physical distancing
  • capacity limits
  • requirements to wear a mask
  • barriers and personal protective equipment
  • hand sanitizing stations 
  • clear signage
  • frequent cleaning of voting stations and high-touch surfaces
  • health checks and screening