Nominations open for Village of Lytton Council

LYTTON- The Village of Lytton has put a call out for candidates for a by-election to fill two vacancies on the Village Council. Those elected would serve as Councillors for the Village of Lytton until the next General Election on October 15, 2022.

The nomination period opens today, and people have until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 25 to submit the appropriate documents.

“The by-election office is now up and running and we’re here to answer any questions potential candidates or voters may have,” says chief election officer Bev Kennedy. “Anyone interested in running for the vacancies can request nomination package by emailing elections@lytton.ca.”

Candidates do not need to be a resident of the Village of Lytton to run for election; however, those interested must have lived in British Columbia for the past six months, be a Canadian citizen and be at least 18 years of age. Nominators must be resident electors of the municipality.

The spring by-election is set for Saturday, April 30, with an advance poll on Wednesday, April 20. Voting will take place at the Kumsheen ShchEma-meet School located at 365 Trans-Canada Highway in Lytton. The school was spared from the fire that has destroyed 90 percent of the town. Recently renovated, the school reopened as a K to12 school in January 2021.

“Many Lytton residents were displaced by the fire and are living in temporary accommodations in areas across the province,” says Kennedy. “Under provincial legislation, we want our residents to know if they intend to return to live in the Village, they are eligible to vote in the by-election.”

All eligible voters may vote by mail. Starting April 4, residents can request mail-in ballots from Lytton’s website.

Those living outside of Lytton but owning property in the Village may also be qualified to vote. For more information, see lytton.ca/government/2022-lytton-by-election.

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