A Provincial Court judge will determine the outcome of the School District Trustee election for Sayward Valley. After a recount of votes from Saturday’s election still proved a tie, Strathcona Regional District’s Chief Election Officer, responsible for conducting the 2014 School District 72 elections, filed an application with the Provincial Court for a judicial recount of the ballots. The date has been set for Thursday, November 27, 2014.
Under the Local Government Act, the statute that provides the legislative framework for local government elections, the Chief Election Officer must file an application for a judicial recount if two or more candidates in an election have an equal number of valid votes and a winner cannot be declared. This is the case with Barbara Bowbrick and Gail Kirshner, the two candidates for School District 72 – Electoral Area 2 (Sayward Valley).
If there is a still a tie after the judicial recount, the School District bylaw stipulates that a winner be determined by lot draw, where the names of both candidates are placed in a container and one name is drawn at random. The court will then declare the election.
The judicial recount is scheduled to take place at the Provincial Court House, 500 – 13th Avenue, in Campbell River.
– Contributed by the Strathcona Regional District.