RDN appoints election officer for upcoming byelection

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The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) says it will proceed with a director byelection to represent Electoral Area C within the next 80 days, per legislative requirements.

The board appointed a chief election officer on March 8 for the byelection, taking place due to the passing of long-time director Maureen Young, according to a media release by the regional district.

The chief election officer will set the byelection date, as well as the nomination period for interested candidates. The RDN said it will announce the dates as soon as they are confirmed.

Due to the logistical challenges and cost associated with holding a byelection amid COVID-19 restrictions, as well as the short period of time remaining until the October general election, the RDN asked the Ministry of Municipal Affairs if the byelection could be waived.

A March 7 response from Nathan Cullen, minister of municipal affairs, confirmed there are no legislative mechanisms to waive the requirement.

Alternate Director Charles Pinker will remain as the interim director for Electoral Area C until a new director is elected. The RDN said it thanks Pinker for his time and efforts in fulfilling the role of interim director.

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