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NDPs work to reform elections
David Eby, courtesy of Flickr

NDPs work to reform elections

The Provincial government is looking to modernize the government.

2 pieces of legislation have been introduced.

The first looks at introducing a referendum on electoral reform before the end of November 2018.

The Electoral Reform Referendum 2018 Act sets out the terms of a provincewide referendum on proportional representation.

The government will be conducting public engagement sessions to help people understand their options, and all BCers are encouraged to participate in the process.

Residents of the province will be able to submit their ballot by mail to the chief electoral officer, and if passed the new system will be introduced before the next election in 2021.

The second piece of legislation introduced this week is to amend the Constitution Act to reduce the number of seats required to be recognized as political party status from 4 to 2. They also want to change the fixed election day to a Saturday in October.

Attorney General David Eby says “These changes are aimed to bring B.C.’s democratic institutions into the 21st century, and to lay the groundwork for a referendum, where British Columbians will decide whether to change our electoral system”.


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