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City of Powell River Going to By-ElectionCity of Powell River
POWELL RIVER - Following the hearing of the petition of Allan Drummond to the B. C. Supreme Court under section 153 (5) (b) of the Local Government Act, Justice Groves declared the election of the sixth seat on City Council, that of Mr. George Doubt, annulled and the office declared vacant.
The Judge found that four people voted who may not have been entitled to do so. Because there were only two votes separating Mr. Doubt and Mr. Drummond the Court concluded that the number of ineligible voters may have materially affected the result of Mr. Doubt's election. In such cases, the Court will declare the election invalid. Justice Groves acknowledged in his decision that the candidates, voters and election officials acted in good faith and that there was no evidence or suggestion of anyone purposely contravening the Act.
As a result of the decision, a by-election will be held in the Spring of 2019 to fill the vacancy.
Chief Election Officer
City of Powell River
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 9:45am
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