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October 31, 2011

 

News Release – 2011 Bowen Island Municipal Election

 

Information regarding Elector Organizations and Campaign Organizers

 

The Chief Election Officer has received queries regarding the roles and responsibilities of local groups and organizations who offer support to a candidate or candidates in the upcoming municipal election.

 

There are two types of groups that must provide information to the Chief Election Officer.  They are Elector Organizations and Campaign Organizers. 

 

Elector Organizations are defined as an organization that endorses a candidate and is typically formed to directly promote a candidate or a point of view in a local government election.

 

Campaign Organizers are individuals or groups, other than an elector organization, that undertakes, or intends to undertake, an election campaign that augments or operates in place of a candidate's campaign.

 

As soon as possible after a Campaign Organizer has incurred election expenses greater than $500 or has received campaign contributions greater than $500, a campaign organizer must deliver to the Chief Election Officer, information equivalent to that required for an elector organization.

 

A copy of the Information Guide for Elector Organizations and Campaign Organizers is available here.

 

 

Elector Organizations

Campaign Organizers

 

 

 

Definition

An elector organization is typically formed to directly promote a candidate or a point of view in a local government election.  

The primary intent of elector organizations is to have their endorsement of one or more candidates appear on the ballot.

Campaign organizers are groups or individuals that create and implement local government election campaigns that augment the election campaign of one or more candidates or elector organizations.

 

 

 

Eligibility

Must maintain a membership of at least 50 eligible electors for at least 60 days before the endorsement.

Elector organizations do not have to be incorporated as a company or a society.

Campaign organizers may be one or two individuals in a single community, or provincial or national organizations that are seeking to elect people in several jurisdictions simultaneously. Campaign organizers do not have to be incorporated as a company or a society.  A campaign organizer is not obligated to maintain a membership base.

 

 

 

Campaign Financing Rules

Campaign finance rules apply. Elector organizations must appoint a financial agent who is responsible for ensuring compliance with legislation.

Campaign finance rules apply once a Campaign Organizer has incurred election expenses greater than $500 or has received campaign contributions greater than $500. They must appoint a financial agent for the election campaign, and designate an official to represent the organization to the Chief Election Officer.

 

 

 

Ballot Endorsement

Elector Organizations can make ballot endorsements, subject to authorization of the candidate.

Campaign organizers cannot make ballot endorsement.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION on the foregoing may be obtained by contacting:

Kathy Lalonde

Chief Election Officer

Lisa Wrinch

Deputy Chief Election Officer

Bowen Island Municipality

981 Artisan Lane

Bowen Island, B.C.  V0N 1G0

Tel: 604-947-4255  Fax: 604-947-0193

E-mail: bim@bimbc.ca

 



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