Regional District nomination papers available only in Rupert

  • Sep. 15, 2008 7:00 p.m.

Nomination papers for people interesting in running for election to the regional district are only available in Prince Rupert at the moment, says administrator John Holland. Mr. Holland said he might be able to distribute nomination papers through the municipal offices here on the islands, but it’s not clear whether this will be possible. The best way for potential candidates from the islands to get the papers is to call the regional district office at 624-2002 and ask to have them mailed. At 20 to 30 pages long, the nomination package is not faxable, he said. Islanders can request nomination papers anytime between now and Oct. 10, he said. The completed papers must be submitted to the regional district office between Sept. 30 and Oct. 10. Elections, if required, will be held Nov. 15. There are two seats on the islands up for election: Area D (rural Graham Island including Old Massett, Tow Hill Road, Nadu Road, Tlell, Lawnhill, Miller Creek, and Skidegate) and Area E (all of Moresby Island). You do not have to be a resident of the area in order to run for election, but you do have to be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, and have lived in BC for the past six months. The three municipalities on the islands and the Haida Gwaii school board will also hold elections Nov. 15. The nomination deadline for these positions is Oct. 10, the same as the regional district.