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2018 Elections

(Close of Nomination Period)

I, Janette Van Vianen, Chief Election Officer for the Town of Osoyoos, do hereby declare, pursuant to section 97 of the Local Government Act, the following persons as candidates in the 2018 General Local Election:

Candidates for the office of Mayor:
Candidates for the offices of Councillor:
LONG, Jane
McINTYRE, Shelley
MUSIC, Kenny
***NIELSEN, Egon
Candidates for the offices of Water Councillor:
**RAI, Sarabjit

Given under my hand at Osoyoos, British Columbia, this 14th day of September, 2018.

Original Signed by:  J. Van Vianen
Janette Van Vianen
Chief Election Officer

* Nomination documents are available to view at the Town Office, Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30 pm, excluding statutory holidays.
**UPDATE:  Please note that Sarabjit Rai withdrew his nomination documents on September 19, 2018.

***UPDATE:  Please note that Egon Nielsen withdrew his nomination documents on September 21, 2018.

The 2018 General Local Election will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Sonora Community Centre from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Two Advance Voting opportunities will be held at the Town of Osoyoos Council Chamber on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 and Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Prior to the 2014 General Local Elections, the Province  passed new legislation that made several changes to the Local Government Elections.  The two most significant changes are that the terms for all positions will be 4 years and the Campaign Financing Reporting will now be done through Elections BC.

Osoyoos will be seeking candidates for one position of Mayor, 4 positions of Councillor, and 2 positions of Water Councillor all for four year terms.

Nomination period begins at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and ends at 4:00 PM on Friday, September 14, 2018.  Eligibility for being nominated for and holding office of Mayor or Councillor can be found on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website (see link below).  Eligibility for holding office of Water Councillor is similar with the exception that the candidate must be a user of and resident of either Osoyoos Rural Water District Systems 8 or 9.  Nomination documents are available at the Town Hall Office starting Friday, July 27, 2018.

The Town will be holding an Candidate Information Session for prospective candidates on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 6:30 PM at the Sonora Community Centre.  If you are considering running as a candidate and want more information regarding expectations of the positions, please consider attending this session.

Although voting proceedings for both the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Area “A”) Director and School District No. 53 School Trustees (for Osoyoos) are held in conjunction with the Town voting, at the same times and same places, the RDOS and the School District run their own elections and questions regarding their candidates or becoming one of their candidates, or general questions on their specific election should be made directly to them at the following:
School District 53

This page will be updated as information is received throughout the election process.  This information will include the list of candidates running for positions or those acclaimed to positions as well as other important information regarding the election or voting.

The Town’s election is conducted under the legislation provided through the Province of British Columbia. For more information on the legislation, proceedings or voter’s guide in various languages, please go to:

The Town of Osoyoos uses electronic voting machines.  Voting for candidates is still done by hand, on specially prepared ballots, but the vote counting is done electronically.  Manual counts of each and every vote are no longer required, which means the vote tally can be calculated within minutes of the final voter casting his or her ballot.  Unofficial election results are usually available within an hour of the close of polls.  The paper ballots are still retained in the event that a recount, whether electronic or manual, is required.

Janette Van Vianen, CMC CLGA
Chief Election Officer/Director of Corporate Services
Town of Osoyoos
Box 3010, 8707 Main Street
Osoyoos BC V0X 1V0
(T) 250.495.6515
(F) 250.495.2400
Brianne Hillson
Deputy Chief Election Officer/Deputy Corporate Officer
Town of Osoyoos
Box 3010, 8707 Main Street
Osoyoos BC V0X 1V0
(T) 250.495.6515
(F) 250.495.2400
While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this data, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the Town of Osoyoos.   Town of Osoyoos
Box 3010, 8707 Main Street
Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V0
(TF) 1.888.495.6515
(T) 250.495.6515
(F) 250.495.2400


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