The nomination period for the upcoming civic elections opened yesterday and Tri-City candidates have until 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 to turn in their paperwork.
A person is qualified for elected office if he is a Canadian citizen, 18 years or older and has been a resident of B.C. for at least six months before the day nomination papers are filed. As well, he must not be disqualified by the Local Government Act from voting in an election.
Nomination documents are available for pickup at Coquitlam city hall (3000 Guildford Way), Port Coquitlam city hall (2580 Shaughnessy St.) and Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.). Papers must be filed with the city the candidate intends to run in and nominations will not be accepted after the Oct. 14 deadline.
Voters in Coquitlam will select one mayor, eight councillors and four school trustees while in Port Coquitlam and Port Moody residents will each choose one mayor, six councillors and two school trustees.
In order to vote in the Nov. 19 civic election, a voter must have the same qualifications as a candidate and has to have lived in the city for at least 30 days before registering to vote.
Voters can register at their polling station by providing two pieces of identification and signing a declaration assuring they are residents of the municipality where they are voting.