Lytton to hold by-election for new councillor

The resignation of Rob Austen means Lytton residents will go to the polls on September 10.

The Village of Lytton will be having a by-election on Saturday, September 10 to select a new councillor.

The by-election was prompted by the resignation of former councillor Rob Austen, who has moved to the prairies.

“He gave us plenty of warning,” says acting chief administrative officer Lonny Miller. “We knew for two or three months that he would be going, so we were expecting it. The only thing we didn’t know was the date.”

Miller says that four packages of nomination papers have gone out of the office. As of July 29, the only person to have filed papers was Huntley Smith. Nominations can be received at the village office (380 Main Street) until 4 p.m. on Friday, August 5.

A person is qualified to be nominated if he or she is a Canadian citizen who is 18 years of age or older and has been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed. The term lasts until October 2018.

In addition to general voting day on Sept. 10, there will be one advance voting day, on Wednesday August 31. Voting on both dates will take place at the Lytton village office between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

For more information contact Miller, who is the chief election officer, at (250) 455-2355.

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