In a report submitted to the Legislative Assembly today, Chief Electoral Officer Harry Neufeld recommends changes to British Columbia’s Election Act and Recall and Initiative Act.
The Report of the Chief Electoral Officer on Recommendations for Legislative Change – April 2010 contains 38 recommendations for technical amendments to the Election Act and three recommendations for technical amendments to the Recall and Initiative Act.
“Numerous provisions of the Election Act need to be corrected or adjusted to allow for effective electoral administration,” said Neufeld. “All 41 recommendations relate to procedural matters.”
The report is available on the Elections BC website at www.elections.bc.ca/docs/rpt/2010-CEO-Report-Recommendations.pdf
As the impartial administrator of the province’s electoral laws, the Chief Electoral Officer does not propose or advocate for significant changes to public policy. Without making any specific recommendations, 15 public policy topics are raised for consideration by legislators.
· Provisional voter registration of high school students
· Nomination rules
· Election timing
Chief Electoral Officers have recommended amendments to electoral legislation following each general election since 1995. A majority of the recommendations contained in the March 2006 recommendations report were brought forward in August 2008 via the Election Amendment Act, 2008.