Local Government Election
Town of Oliver residents could vote on:
- 1 Mayor
- 4 Councillors
- 2 Water Councillors
About Elections and Electoral Approval
The Local Government Act establishes the regulations for elections, electors, candidates and any of their agents, and chief electoral officers. Local Government Elections are held every four years. The last was held October 20, 2018. The next will be held October 15, 2022.
During the four year term, if a member of Council is no longer able to fulfill their duties and resigns their post, the Local Government Act allows for a by-election to be held prior to the next election date, if required.
In the case of a Local Government Election or a by-election, the Town of Oliver must follow specified guidelines to advertise the process to eligible candidates and voters.
Please refer to Elections BC (Local Elections) to find general information on the upcoming election.
The Community Charter allows local governments to use an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to seeking voter assent on a proposal, most commonly in matters involving long-term borrowing. An AAP is an alternative to a referendum, which is costlier to taxpayers and involves a lengthier process. The AAP allows voters 30 days to submit an elector response form in opposition to the local government’s proposal. If 10% of more of eligible voters submit forms indicating their opposition to the proposal, then electoral assent is not obtained and the AAP fails.
Read the Alternative Approval Process page for further details.
A referendum is a popular vote used to obtain electoral approval on a matter being proposed by a legislative body. Typically voters are presented with a single question on a matter in which the legislative body has the authority to act.
A referendum can be binding or non-binding depending on the matter at hand. If a referendum is binding, a government must carry out the decision of the electorate; if a referendum is non-binding, the government can take the ruling of the electorate into consideration in making its decision.
In British Columbia, a binding referendum must be held on a significant issue such as incorporation, certain bylaws and disposal of public assets. A non-binding referendum can be held on important matters where a municipal council may be interested in knowing how a community stands on a particular issue and where the results may be helpful to elected officials looking to make a final decision on a pressing or polarizing issue.
Assent of the electors is obtained when a majority of valid votes are found to be in favor of the bylaw or question. If the bylaw or question fails to obtain the majority assent of the electors, then a local government must wait six months before it is permitted to hold another referendum on the same question or bylaw, provided that the Province of British Columbia approves.