Elections & Assent Voting

Elections

Elections for Electoral Area Directors to represent the electoral areas within the TNRD occur every four years.  The next General Local Election will be held on October 15, 2022.

The TNRD is comprised of 10 Electoral Areas and 11 member municipalities.  The 11 member municipalities include the Village of Ashcroft, District of Barriere, Village of Cache Creek, Village of Chase, District of Clearwater, Village of Clinton, City of Kamloops, District of Logan Lake, Village of Lytton, City of Merritt, and Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality.

As part of the General Local Election system in BC, Electoral Area Directors may be elected by acclamation (in the case of a single qualified candidate) or by voting (where there is more than one qualified candidate). Each Municipal Director on the Board of Directors is appointed by their respective Council from their elected members.

Assent Voting (Referendum)

For certain matters (long term borrowing, establishment of new services), regional districts are required to obtain elector approval before the bylaw(s) can be adopted and the project can proceed. Assent voting can be used as both a form of approval of the electors and participating area approval.

Assent voting (or referendum) allows electors to vote on whether a proposal would move forward or not. Assent of the electors is obtained if a majority of the votes counted are in favour of the bylaw or question. Assent voting is conducted under the rules that generally apply to local elections.

Participating area approval is required for regional district service establishing and loan authorization bylaws and can be obtained through either: assent voting; the alternative approval process; municipal or Treaty First Nation consent; or electoral area consent. How participating area approval may be obtained depends on the type of participant (for example, municipality, electoral area, or Treaty First Nation) and the nature of the service.

Assent voting is often referred to as a referendum, and involves asking electors to cast a vote on a local government bylaw or other matter specified in legislation. Assent of the electors is achieved if a majority of votes counted are in favour of the bylaw or question.

Legislation for conducting assent voting includes:

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