EDITORIAL: Election rules uphold system

Getting involved comes with responsibility to know and respect rules.

Ignorance of the law isn’t an acceptable defence in many situations, nor should it be when it comes to election laws.

Those laws, particularly as they apply to third-party campaign organizers, are in place to protect the integrity of an election process and ensure democracy is carried out properly, and without inappropriate influence.

Those laws are of utmost importance.

It’s unclear whether the involvement of the Concerned Citizens of Nanaimo in the recent civic election campaign had any impact on the vote results, or if the group’s failure to register as a campaign organizer (until notified it had to) is worth pursuing as a breach of the law.

But this isn’t the first election questions have arisen about an individual or groups campaigning on behalf of another individual in Nanaimo.

If nothing else, this situation should serve as a timely reminder to all concerned citizens that taking community involvement over one or more issues and stepping it up a level to politicking comes with a significant responsibility to not only know the rules of the game, but to follow them.

Drivers who speed don’t get off with a warning just because they claim they didn’t know the speed limit and slow down once a police officer flashes the lights and sirens. Neither can we tolerate people or groups looking to drive change in our communities neglecting to follow the rules of democracy.

Democracy – whether it’s municipal, provincial or federal – isn’t just about finding an issue and speaking out to sway the votes. Democracy also demands that people getting involved know and respect the system.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Property tax increase ‘heartless’ in these hard times

Pandemic has cost people their jobs, notes letter writer

Provincial funding will help Regional District of Nanaimo create poverty reduction strategy

RDN partnering with member municipalities and Islands Trust on regional study

Search and rescue crews help locate 62-year-old Nanoose Bay mountain biker

RCMP: Man got lost on trail and did right thing by calling for assistance

Beefs & Bouquets, June 3

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Parcel stolen from front porch, Nanaimo RCMP looking for suspect

Unidentified woman allegedly stole package containing $400 smart watch

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

VIDEO: Internal investigation into aggressive arrest by Kelowna Mountie

A video allegedly shows a Kelowna Mountie striking a man several times

22 new COVID-19 test-positives, one death following days of low case counts in B.C.

Health officials urged British Columbians to ‘stand together while staying apart’

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

John Horgan says COVID-19 restrictions won’t be eased regionally

B.C. Liberals urge ‘tailored’ response based on infections

Young killer whale untangles itself from trap line off Nanaimo’s Rocky Point

DFO marine mammal rescue unit was en route as whale broke free from prawn trap line

Feds get failing grade for lack of action plan on anniversary of MMIWG report

‘Instead of a National Action Plan, we have been left with a Lack-of-Action Plan’

B.C. ranchers, lodge operators say Indigenous land title shuts them out

Tsilhqot’in jurisdiction affects grazing, access to private property

Most Read