BYLAW 4/18 Trustee Elections

BOARD OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 60 (Peace River North)

BYLAW No. 4/18

TRUSTEE ELECTIONS

A bylaw to provide for the determination of various procedures for the conduct of general school elections and other trustee elections.

Preamble:

Under the School Act, a board of education may, by bylaw, determine various procedures and requirements to be applied in the conduct of trustee elections.

In School District No. 60 (Peace River North), trustee elections are held in the following trustee electoral areas:

TEA # General description of each Trustee Electoral Area # of Trustees
Area 1 Includes Cecil Lake, Goodlow and Clayhurst One (1)
Area 2 Includes Prespatou, Buick, Rose Prairie, Doig River First Nation, Blueberry River First Nations, North Pine, Montney and Wonowon (east) One (1)
Area 3 Includes the District of Hudson’s Hope, Upper Cache, Tsay Keh Dene Nation and Williston Lake One (1)
Area 4 Includes the District of Taylor, Baldonnel and Two Rivers One (1)
Area 5 Includes the City of Fort St. John, the Upper Halfway, Halfway River First Nation, Wonowon (west), Charlie Lake, Pink Mountain and north to Mile 225 on the Alaska Highway Three (3)

and as illustrated in Appendix 1 attached to and forming part of this bylaw.

The Board wishes to establish various procedures and requirements under the authority of the School Act for trustee elections.

The Board, in an open meeting assembled, enacts as follows:

Definitions

  1. The terms used in this bylaw shall have the meanings assigned by the School Act, the Local Government Act, and the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, except as the context indicates otherwise.

“Board” means the Board of Education of School District No. 60 (Peace River North);

by-election” means a trustee election to fill a vacancy on the Board in any of the circumstances described in section 36 of the School Act;

“election” means a trustee election;

“general voting day” means the date on which general voting for a trustee election is to take place, whether part of the general school elections or a by-election;

“Minister” means the Minister of Education;

“Regional District” means the Peace River Regional District; and

“TEA” is the acronym for Trustee Electoral Area.

 

Application

  1. (1) This bylaw applies to both general school elections and by-elections, except as otherwise indicated in this bylaw.

Required Advance Voting Opportunities

  1. (1) Unless the Board is exempted from the requirement by Order of the Minister of Education, the required advance voting opportunity will be held on the tenth day before general voting day and no other advance voting opportunity will be held in all Trustee Electoral Areas.

Order of Names on the Ballot

  1. The order of names of candidates on the ballot will be alphabetical.

Resolution of Tie Vote after Judicial Recount

  1. In the event of a tie vote after a judicial recount, the tie vote will be resolved by lot in accordance with the Local Government Act.

Website Access to Candidate Nomination Documents and Campaign Financing Disclosure Statements

  1. (1) The Board authorizes public access, during the regular office hours at the Board’s office, to nomination documents of trustee candidates by internet or other electronic means until 30 days after declaration of the election results.

(2)          In accordance with the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, the Board will make available to the public for inspection during the regular office hours of the Board’s head office, the trustee candidates’ campaign financing disclosure statements and supplementary reports by internet access until 5 years after general voting day for the election to which the trustee’s campaign financial disclosure statements and supplementary reports relate.

(3)          Before providing the services under section 6, the Board, requires the person requesting the service to

(a)        certify that any purpose for which personal information is to be used is permitted by section 63 of the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, and

(b)        certify that

  • the individual, and
  • if applicable, any individual or organization on whose behalf the first individual is accessing, inspecting or obtaining the copy or other record

will not use personal information included in the copy or other record except for a purpose permitted under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Application of Local Government Bylaws

  1. 7. (1) In TEA #3, the District of Hudson’s Hope conducts part of the trustee election, the elections bylaws of the District of Hudson’s Hope, as they may be amended from time to time, apply to that part of the trustee electoral area, except for any bylaws determining the minimum number of nominators, the order of names on the ballot, the resolution of tie votes after judicial recount, requiring a nomination deposit, or any other matter on which the local government bylaws may not by law apply to a trustee election.

(2)          In TEA #4, the District of Taylor conducts part of the trustee election, the elections bylaws of the District of Taylor, as they may be amended from time to time, apply to that part of the trustee electoral area, except for any bylaws determining the minimum number of nominators, the order of names on the ballot, the resolution of tie votes after judicial recount, requiring a nomination deposit, or any other matter on which the local government bylaws may not by law apply to a trustee election.

(3)          In TEA #5, if the City of Fort St. John conducts part of the trustee election, the elections bylaws of the City of Fort St. John, as they may be amended from time to time, apply to that part of the trustee electoral area, except for any bylaws determining the minimum number of nominators, the order of names on the ballot, the resolution of tie votes after judicial recount, requiring a nomination deposit, or any other matter on which the local government bylaws may not by law apply to a trustee election.

Elections Conducted by the Board

  1. 8. The chief election officer is authorized to establish additional advance voting opportunities for each election and to designate the voting places, establish the date and the voting hours for these voting opportunities in all Trustee Electoral Areas.

Additional General Voting Opportunities

  1. 9. The chief election officer is authorized to establish additional general voting opportunities for general voting day for each election and to designate the voting places and voting hours, within the limits set out in the Local Government Act, for such voting opportunities.

Special Voting Opportunities

  1. 10. In order to give electors who may otherwise be unable to vote an opportunity to do so, special voting opportunities may be established by the chief election officer for each election for hospital patients, seniors in a retirement home or persons subject to a disability who will be qualified to vote at the special voting opportunity, and the chief election officer is authorized to establish the location, date, voting hours and procedures, within the limits set out in the Local Government Act, for each special voting opportunity. The chief election officer is authorized to limit the number of candidate representatives who may be present at the special voting opportunity.

Voting Day Registration Only

  1. 11. (1) As authorized under the School Act and the Local Government Act, at each election, electors who wish to vote must register at the time of voting.

(2)          Registration as an elector under subsection (1) is effective only for which the voting is being conducted at that time.

 

 

Number of Scrutineers at Voting Places

  1. 12. The maximum number of scrutineers for each candidate that may attend at an election is one per ballot box for each candidate.

Title

  1. This bylaw may be cited as ”School District No. 60 (Peace River North) Trustee Elections Bylaw No. 4/18.”

Repeal

  1. School District No. 60 (Peace River North) Trustees Elections By-Law No. 4/14 is hereby repealed.

 

Read a first time this 18th day of June 2018.
Read a second time this 18th day of June 2018.
Read a third time, passed and adopted this 18th day of June 2018.

 

 

                                                                           

Jaret Thompson, Acting Chair

 

 

                                                                           

Brenda Hooker, Secretary-Treasurer

 

 

 

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