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October 2, 2009

Ministry of Community and Rural Development





VANCOUVER – The Province will form a special joint task force to modernize local government election rules.


This special joint task force will be tasked with undertaking deliberations and presenting recommendations on writing a new Local Government Election Act. It will be stand-alone legislation that will modernize election rules and create a single, provincewide electoral process for local government elections. This new act will designate the chief electoral officer of British Columbia as the independent supervisor, administrator and enforcer of a common local government election process.


The task force will be co-chaired by the new Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) president and the Minister of Community and Rural Development. It will include two other UBCM designates and two government MLAs.


The task force will consider opportunities to adapt the principles of the provincial Election Act to local elections such as disclosure requirements and changes that will improve fairness, accountability, transparency and public participation. It may consider such issues as the current election cycle of three years and whether voting rights should be restored for business and industry that pay property taxes.


The recommendations of the task force are to be presented to the provincial government no later than May 30, 2010, after which a new Local Government Elections Act will be presented to the Legislature in time for the 2011 municipal elections.



Media contact:


Marc Black
Communications Manager
Community and Rural Development

250 356-6334



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