September 9, 2013
initiative may draw "higher" numbers to the polls
Released by Elections BC/Wikipedia photo Dana
sheets for the initiative to amend the Police Act were issued today to
proponent Dana Larsen. Registered canvassers have 90 days to collect the
signatures of at least 10 percent of registered voters in each of the
province's 85 electoral districts.
"In order to sign the petition, individuals must be registered on the
provincial voters list as of today and may sign the petition sheet only for
the electoral district in which they are registered to vote," says Chief
Electoral Officer Keith Archer. "The proponent must return signed petition
sheets to Elections BC by December 9, 2013."
There are no registered opponents or currently registered initiative
advertising sponsors for the initiative petition. For more information,
visit the Elections BC website
Elections BC has 42 days from the date the completed petition pages are
submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer to verify that those who signed the
petition were entitled to do so. The proponent must file a financing report
with the Chief Electoral Officer within 28 days of submitting the petition.
If the petition has enough valid signatures and the legislated financing
requirements are met by the proponent, the Chief Electoral Officer will send
a copy of the initiative petition and the draft Bill to the Select Standing
Committee on Legislative Initiatives.
The Select Standing Committee must meet within 30 days of receiving the
initiative petition and draft Bill. Within 90 days of their first meeting,
the Committee must either table a report recommending introduction of the
Bill or refer the initiative petition and the draft Bill to the Chief
Electoral Officer for an initiative vote. The next scheduled date for an
initiative vote is September 27, 2014.
Initiative legislation came into force with the Recall and Initiative Act,
1995. Eight previous initiative petition applications received approval in
principle by the Chief Electoral Officer.
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