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Vernon byelection date set following death of Coun. Dalvir Nahal

September 27, 2021 - 4:16 PM

The City of Vernon has set a date for a byelection following the death of councillor Dalvir Nahal.

The byelection will be held on Dec. 4, according to a City of Vernon media release.

Nahal died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 2016, halfway through her first four-year term as councillor. She died serving her second term on council after she was re-elected in 2018.

READ MORE: Community mourns death of Vernon city councillor

The candidate nomination period will begin on Oct. 19, with the campaign set to start on Nov. 6 and continue until election day.

COVID safety protocols will be in place at polling stations, but proof of vaccination will not be required for any in-person voting.

“The health and safety of residents, volunteers and staff is the City’s top priority,” chief election officer Keri-Ann Austin said in the release. “We recognize that comfort levels of voters in the community may vary as we continue to navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Councillor nomination packages can be picked up at Vernon city hall, or can be found on the City's website here. At 9 a.m., the nomination period begins on Oct. 19 and will continue until Oct. 29, ending at 4 p.m.

Voters can cast their ballots in advance starting Nov. 24 at Schubert Centre, followed by four days at Vernon council chambers at city hall until Dec. 2.

READ MORE: Cancer battle won't stop Vernon city councillor from doing what she loves

Locations are yet to be confirmed for voting day polling stations byelection day Dec. 4, but hours are expected to be between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The winner of the byelection will take the vacant council seat until the next municipal election, which will take place in 2022.

More information about the by-election and advance voting days can be found on the City website here.

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