The province will be modernizing rules surrounding local government elections.
The changes come from recommendations of the joint provincial and Union of B.C. Municipalities Local Government Elections Task Force. The province said in a statement that they will be the most significant changes to local election legislation in two decades.
"There were very lengthy, very divided discussions, not nasty discussions by any means, but really based on consensus and what we really felt," said Surrey Coun. Barbara Steele, who was on the task force for more than a year.
While the detailed changes won't be released until the fall, highlights include:
Sponsorship information required on all election ads; anonymous contributions will be banned; third-party advertisers and candidates will have 90 days instead of 120 to file their financial disclosure statements.
Steele said because B.C.'s municipalities drastically vary in size, coming up with rules that would make sense in all types of communities was difficult.
She said the changes may affect campaigns. "The one thing it will affect is the planning of campaigns and the way our campaign manager does things. It won't really change what Surrey First does in our case," she said.
Local government election rules apply to municipalities, regional districts, parks board, the Islands Trust and boards of education.
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