The current alternate Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area C director will continue on in the role until this fall’s municipal election.
Charles Pinker, director representing Extension-East Wellington-Pleasant Valley area at the RDN board table, was the lone candidate to submit his nomination by an April 29 deadline. The position became available after previous director Maureen Young died in November.
In an e-mailed statement April 29, Delcy Wells, RDN deputy chief election officer and general manager of corporate services, confirmed Pinker was the only candidate at the close of nominations, but said the RDN couldn’t confirm acclamation until May 9 as per provincial legislation.
A period to challenge candidate nominations ended May 3.
Pinker will remain alternate director until June 5, when he is expected to take oath of office, the RDN said in a press release today, May 10, and will serve until campaigning for the 2022 municipal election begins. General election day is Oct. 15.
In January, the RDN inquired whether the B.C. government could exempt it from a byelection due to COVID-19 case counts at the time and the impending municipal election set for October, but the province responded that there weren’t any “legislative mechanisms” allowing the RDN to abandon the byelection.